Wilderness Hiking in the Orkney Islands

007364 - R15

Discover wild walks, ancient landscapes and spectacularly weathered sea cliffs on the walking holiday of a lifetime, experience the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Orkneys in the company of our knowledgeable guides.

Not Included
Tour Notes
  • Ferry crossing from mainland Scotland to the Orkney Islands
  • Variety of local walks throughout the islands
  • Ferry to the island of Hoy and hike to the famous geological feature, the Old Man of Hoy
  • Optional visits to the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe
  • Stone age village of Skara Brae

2019 Departures:
May: 04, 111, 25
June: 01, 15
July: 06, 20, 27
August: 10, 17
September: 07, 21, 28
October: 12

2019 Pricing:
US$2,699 – twin
US$2,699 – single willing to share
US$3,485 – single

Prices are shown in US$ per person based on two people sharing a twin room, one person willing to share a room and one person in a single room. Prices are approximate US$ equivalent of the British Pound rate and will vary depending on currency conversion of the British Pound at the time of payment of your deposit and re-calculated at the time of final payment. You can lock in the applicable US$ rate by paying in full when you make your reservation. CA$ prices are also available, please inquire.

Tour Code:
007364 - R15

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Day 1: Inverness and arrival to the Orkney Islands

This morning you meet your group in Inverness and travel by ferry to the Orkney Islands. The journey to the Orkneys follows the north-east coast of the Highlands and onwards over the Pentland Firth. Your accommodation is situated nearby the major archaeological sites which add to the intrigue of these islands. Our hotel is an intimate, local property located next to the Highland Park Distillery and has licensed restaurant popular with locals that focuses on local Orkney produce, malts and ales.
(L, D)

Day 2: Rousay and the Mid Howe Broch

Drive to the Eynhallow Sound and take a local ferry to the island of Rousay where you will enjoy two short hikes – the Westness Walk to the Mid Howe broch and a superb moorland walk around Faraclett Head. (8 km, 4 hrs)

Day 3: The Gloup and Mull Head

The hike starts at The Gloup, a partially collapsed sea cave from where you head north along the coast to Mull Head. Before returning to Kirkwall visit the Italian Chapel, two Nissen huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war. (9 km, 4 hrs)

Day 4: The Old Man of Hoy, Scapa Flow & Rackwick Bay

A short drive along the edge of Scapa Flow takes you to Houton where you catch the ferry to the island of Hoy. Here, hike to the famous Old Man of Hoy and some of Britain’s highest seacliffs before returning to Rackwick Bay. (10 km, 5 hrs)

Day 5: Stromness, Ring of Brodgar and the Sand of Warebeth

Today follow a coastal path from Stromness to The Ness before heading west for the Sand of Warebeth. Afterwards possible visits to the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe. (12 km, 5 hrs)

Day 6: Brough Head to Marwick Head, Scara Brae

From Brough Head, a superb hike follows the coast south to Marwick Head – one of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Isles. Afterwards you visit the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it. (12 km, 5 hrs)

Day 7: Return to Inverness

After breakfast, you return by ferry to the mainland and Inverness, via the rugged coastal scenery of the Northern tip of Scotland.
(B, L)

  • 6 nights accommodation in a 4* small, family-owned hotel near Scapa Flow
  • Most meals as indicated throughout the trip
  • Transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness
  • Private boat and ferry transfers
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide/driver
Not Included
  • Airfare to/from Inverness
  • Accommodation in Inverness
  • Personal equipment
  • Optional Tours
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

Join us on a stunning and unforgettable journey to the Orkney Isles, a little-visited archipelago of some 70 small islands and skerries due north of the Scottish mainland. This mysterious place of long days and colourful night skies is home to a wealth of sea life and sea birds, not forgetting the remarkable flora of the islands. The unique situation and environment of the Isles have combined to create a fascinating cultural and historical tapestry of stone circles, countless invasions and occupations, isolation and extremity, all of which have left their mark through the ages.

You will enjoy Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce at our stylish accommodation in a historic guest house and more!

Rating: Easy
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are physically fit enough to join our hiking holidays. Please note, however, that you can have an optional rest day at any time. If you have any questions regarding your suitability for any of our hiking holidays, please contact our office and speak to one of our team who can offer advice.

“Easy” hiking holidays involve straightforward hiking, following generally good trails with no major ascents. You will, however, be out hiking for around 5 hours each day so you will need a reasonable level of fitness.

The hikes will be conducted at a leisurely pace in order to allow more time for photography, nature study and looking historical features. The underfoot terrain will usually be on paths or hill trails. However, these trails may still be muddy, or a bit rough in places, so you will need good hiking boots.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.