Orkney Odyssey ‘Delux’

Experience the beautiful and charismatic Orkney archipelago. Highlights of the holiday include wonderful walking along the stunning coastline and visits to the archaeological sites Ring of Brodgar, the Neolithic chambered tomb of Maes Howe - complete with Viking graffiti and Skara Brae; without doubt the finest Stone Age village in Europe

The unhurried pace of life on Orkney is highly seductive, and in our eyes walking is by far the best way to experience the Orkney Isles natural beauty, and discover its folklore and history.

On the island of Hoy, the wildest and highest of the islands, we walk to view the famous sea-stack 'Old Man of Hoy'. Another of our walks is along the dramatic west coast of Westray to visit the lonely lighthouse of Noup Head and the ruin of Noltland Castle, built-in 1560. Orkney was colonised by Vikings from the 9th Century creating a base from which to launch raids on the Hebrides and Ireland’s monasteries. During the reign of Norse Earl Thorfinn the Mighty (10th Century), The Brough at Birsay was probably most prominent. Setting off from Birsay, we walk to Marwick Head where the Kitchener Memorial towers above the ocean.

Alongside the views and world-famous historical sites, Orkney hosts an incredible array of wildflowers and birdlife, including puffins, short-eared owls and hen harriers. The abundance of seascapes also affords the chance to see otter, seals, dolphins and even whales whilst on land you may spot the Orkney vole or a mountain hare. Most of the walking is along grassy footpaths above the sea with occasional descents to wide, sweeping beaches.

For this specific departure we've also arranged rooms in the lovely 4* Lynnfield hotel in Kirkwall; arguably the best hotel on the island! So you can be sure of some great exploration during the day combined with full relaxation in the evening/night!

Highlights

  • Fabulous coastal walking
  • Famed archaeological sites of Skara Brae and Ring of Brogar
  • Abundant bird and marine life
  • Top quality 4* hotel accommodation & delightful Orcadian hospitality

At a Glance

From £1,355 per person
Single room: a limited number of single rooms are available from £300

Grade
Moderate
AccommodationSingle centre. 6 nights top quality 4* hotel
Duration7 Days
LocationNorthern Isles
StartInverness Station @ 14.30
FinishInverness Station @ 15.30
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At a Glance

From £1,355 per person
Single room: a limited number of single rooms are available from £300

Grade
Moderate
AccommodationSingle centre. 6 nights top quality 4* hotel
Duration7 Days
LocationNorthern Isles
StartInverness Station @ 14.30
FinishInverness Station @ 15.30

Orkney Odyssey ‘Delux’

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19 June 2021 · £1355

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Orkney Odyssey ‘Delux’

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Itinerary

The itinerary for each day’s walk is given below however; alternative walks may be undertaken depending upon the weather and group fitness.  On such a day, the leader will carefully choose an alternative guided by the group interest.

Day 1 – Travel to Orkney

Meeting in Inverness Rail Station at 14.30. Drive along the Northeast coast of the Highlands to Scrabster where our ferry sails across the Pentland Firth to Stromness, transfer to hotel in Kirkwall.
| overnight Kirkwall

Day 2 – Deerness (Mainland)

Exploring the peninsula of Deerness, the easternmost part of the Mainland, we’ll walk to the Convenanters’ Memorial and stroll along the coast around Mull Head. Our walk continues on to the Brough of Deerness and The Gloup, an impressive collapsed sea cave that produces strange gurgling noises! Returning back to Kirkwall, we can stop at the Dingieshowie loos and visit the beautiful Italian Chapel. Afterwards in Kirkwall, you have time to visit the Cathedral & Tankerness House, home of the Orkney Museum.
| overnight Kirkwall

Day 3 – Isle of Westray

Weather permitting, we take the ferry to Westray in the far northwest, a fantastic voyage out along the old Viking sea route called the Swan’s Path. On Westray, you will visit the sandstone ruin of Noltland Castle built around 1560 for Mary Queen of Scots. Our walk is to the lonely lighthouse of Noup Head, second only to St Kilda in numbers of breeding seabirds. The open ground above the cliffs offers superb views and is beautifully carpeted with yellow, white and purple flowers. From here we walk south along the west coast of Westray.
| overnight Kirkwall

Day 4 – West Mainland & Skara Brae

This morning we’ll explore the 5000-year-old Skara Brae, one of the best-preserved Neolithic villages in Europe.  Afterwards is the long, but easy and enjoyable walk south, following the coast and passing Yesnaby fort and North Gaulton castle en route to Stromness. Along the way look out for the Primula Scotia (Scottish Primrose), Orkney’s most famous flowering plant. At the end of our walk spend some time in the pretty town of Stromness before returning to Kirkwall.
| overnight Kirkwall

Day 5 – Isle of Hoy

Today we take the ferry to the island of Hoy, the most dramatic of Orkney’s islands with mountainous land rising to 1570 feet. Our walk takes in dramatic views of the 450’ high sea-stack, the Old Man of Hoy. From here we have several excellent walking options northwards or southwards, depending on group fitness and interest.
| overnight Kirkwall

Day 6 – Birsay Bay

The last walking day is a varied day around Birsay Bay in the northwest Mainland. Our walk is to the Kitchener Memorial, a huge tower raised by the people from Orkney, on Marwick Head. Stroll along the lovely beach and visit the ruins of Earl’s Palace built in the second half of the sixteenth century. The day ends with a visit to the famous stone circle, the Ring of Brodgar, and on to Maes Howe.
| overnight Kirkwall

Day 7 – Travel back to Inverness

Transfer from Kirkwall to Stromness ferry terminal (11 am departure). From Scrabster we will drive south to Inverness. Arrival time approx.15.30. If you fly back from Kirkwall you will have to make your own way – by taxi or bus – to the airport.


What's Included

Included:

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast in comfortable hotel
  • 5 x dinner
  • 5 x packed lunches
  • Guiding services of qualified and experienced NWF leader
  • Transfers from/back to Inverness
  • Ferry ticket to/from Orkney
  • Day trips to the islands of Hoy and Westray
  • Entree to Skara Brae

Excluded:

  • Travel to Inverness
  • Travel insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses like drinks, entrance fees etc

Accommodation

Please find below details of our prefered accommodation for this holiday.

Lynnfield Hotel

During this holiday you stay at the quality Lynnfield Hotel – arguably the best hotel in Orkney. This small country hotel is privately owned/run and you can be sure of the best traditional Orcadian hospitality. The hotel is located on the outskirts of the ancient Royal Burgh of Kirkwall and offers individually decorated rooms and a relaxed stay. The hotel restaurant provides exceptional food using the finest local produce. We love it!