Uncover Orkney's Ancient Secrets
The extreme north of Scotland is wild and rugged and this exceptional holiday will show the varied landscapes of Scotland as we travel from the Border with England to very top of the Mainland - and beyond. Off Scotland's North coast lies the Orkneys, an ancient cluster of 70 islands brimming with history dating back 6000 years and 570 miles of dramatic coastlines. With the services of a local guide discover ancient civilisations, world famous archaeology and bountiful wildlife from our base in the Island capital Kirkwall.
5 Nights, Dinner, bed & breakfast
Entrance to Castle of Mey
Return Ferry to Orkney
Orkney Guided Tour with Local guide
Stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands, Orkney & Perthshire
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Our adventure begins as we head over the border and enjoy our 1st nights stay in the Glasgow / Loch Lomond area.
From the comfort of our coach, we enjoy a great Highland drive taking us through mountainous Glencoe, for time free in Fort William before continuing along the total length of Loch Ness (23 miles) - . The loch contains more freshwater than all lakes in England and Wales combined – and also possibly a monster! We’ll then enjoy free time in the Highland Capital - Inverness. Departing mid-afternoon another spectacular drive awaits, along the coastline passing Dornoch, Dunrobin Castle, silver sands at Brora & Wick. Arriving at our overnight in Thurso in time fordinner
We start the day at the Castle of Mey - the Queen Mothers homely castle with beautiful gardens. Since 1952 she spent many happy summers here and is still used annually by the Royal Family. We then board the afternoon ferry from Scrabster across the Pentland Firth - a graveyard to sunken ships, arriving in Stromness 90 minutes later. The day concludes with a tour along the shoreline of Scapa Flow – famous as the naval refuge during both world wars. We spend the next 2 nights in the capital - Kirkwall, with its 12th century St Magnus Cathedral.
A local guide joins us today. As the day unfolds, the islands Neolithic ancestry is evident as many ancient monuments, stone circles, settlements and tombs are visited - a testament to its UNESCO World Heritage status. Our tour includes a scenic circular tour of the island visiting most of the main sites including 5000 year old Scara Brae, Churchill Barriers, Ring of Brodgar, Stennes Standing Stones & Italian chapel. Along the way, listen to the tales of Viking intruders, wartime exploits and immerse yourself in Orkney’s rich maritime heritage.
We catch the morning ferry back to the mainland, southwards bound on the coastal drive to Inverness and onward into pretty Perthshire for our final night stay
We will make the most of our final day and head back to the North West for around 7pm.
Kirkwall Hotel, Orkney * * *
Perfectly situated in the town centre on the picturesque harbour front. This family owned and operated hotel assures guests a proper island welcome, good food in the harbour side restaurant & cosy accommodation in 36 bedrooms which feature, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, iron & Wi-Fi.Back to top