Led by a local experienced, STGA accredited guide this seven hour tour offers an exceptional overview of Orkney’s natural and historic heritage, its places, its people and its ambitions for the future.
Departing Kirkwall via Scapa Flow, Orkney’s exceptional, huge, natural harbour, a home to Viking Fleets, Oil Tankers and (most famously) to the Royal Navy in both World Wars, the tour heads to the East side of Orkney. There we visit the Italian Chapel, the Jewel of Camp 60 built by the Italian POWs during World War II. We then begin to travel to the West side of Orkney there we visit three of the component parts of the ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney’ UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy extended tours at the Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar and (later in the day) the 5000 year old village of Skara Brae.
After visiting the Neolithic Stone Circles there is a short stop in Orkney’s beautiful energetic second town of Stromness where we take a break by the small, busy harbour. Heading north up the West coast of Orkney our route takes us to the magnificent, towering cliffs at Yesnaby - hewn out on Orkney’s wild Atlantic coast. From there it’s on to Skara Brae for a tour of both Skara Brae and Skaill House (optional), followed by some free time.
Returning to Kirkwall at a leisurely pace the tour takes a panoramic route which, on clear days, offers magnificent views out to the smaller North Isles of Orkney. Your tour will then conclude at your original departure point.