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Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Isles

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Price from: £1,195

Next trip: 14th May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Orkney and Shetland Isles

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 2

58 review(s)
  • 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
  • Enjoy Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce at our stylish accommodation in a historic guest house

Green Graded Walking Holidays

Our Green grade walking trips involve straight forward hiking, following generally good trails with no major ascents.

These walks are pretty leisurely and will last for around 5 hours each day. The terrain underfoot will usually be on paths or hill trails, which may still be muddy or rough in places. The daily walks are mainly glen and coastal hikes, with some ascents of low level hills, up to around 1,500 feet / 450m high. So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places? Have you done this recently?

Our accommodation on Orkney is in a recently upgraded 4-star small hotel. Located on the outskirts of Kirkwall, near the world-famous Highland Park whisky distillery, the hotel overlooks Scapa Flow with its beautiful sandy beach.

The hotel has just 10 rooms, each of which is individually furbished with antiques and local artwork. The rooms are all ensuite and provide spacious, comfortable accommodation.

The hotel’s restaurant is popular with locals and has a strong focus on local Orkney produce. Naturally, any special dietary requirements can be catered for and the restaurant is fully licensed offering a selection of Orkney malts and ales. Not to mention the extensive 200 malts-strong whisky list!!

Single guests willing to share will be accommodated in a twin room with a member of the same sex. For this itinerary, there ia a supplement of £175 a single room is required.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the fixed seating area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:30am on Day 1 of your trip.
As lunch is not included on Day 1, you may wish to either eat lunch beforehand or bring a packed lunch to eat on the ferry. Please note that under new legislation, you must bring photo ID (passport, driving licence) with you to board the ferries. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

5 star 49

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by Fiona Smith 18/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
As discussed a simpler secure payment method like PayPal would make it a lot easier for overseas travellers to pay. Especially if they need to pay separately. It is ridiculous for banks in Australia to navigate bank transfers took up considerable time and unable to ensure correct coverage of fees. Sending multiple emails with credos card details is archaic and doesn't seem secure to me.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

We are working towards our online payment system being able to accept all payments that we need to process your booking. This would eliminate any additional emails, calls or arrangements with banks.
Trip Comments
Tim our guide was excellent, he addressed the wide range of interests in the group well. Really enjoyed the experience. The hotel was great they even managed to immediately address a change in menu request.
Accommodation and Food
You really don't need much in the way of snacks if staying at that hotel as they provided great lunches with plenty of extras. I didn't need to bring all the extras your guide information suggested.
Your Guide
Tim was great wide knowledge range and provided to the wide range of interests in the group terrific!
The Bottom Line
Had a great time. Really good trip thanks

by Lynda Porszt-Miron 17/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All of the information I received was clear and detailed. This allowed me to prepare and pack appropriately. The detailed gear list was very helpful, especially as I was unsure of what walking conditions would be like in the Orkneys.
Trip Comments
Every day kept on becoming "the best day"! It was a wonderful mix of walking, beautiful scenery, history and culture. Gannet shoes and the accordion and fiddle evening were just two of the many unexpected highlights.
Accommodation and Food
Hotel food and accommodations exceeded expectations. I appreciated the variety in the daily lunches. Our room was perfect...first thing every morning and last thing every evening, I sat by the window enjoying the view over the town to the water.
Your Guide
Kirsty is more than excellent! She consistently managed every aspect of the trip professionally. Her sense of humour and her commitment to providing a high quality walking experience was much appreciated.
The Bottom Line
I enjoyed the trip immensely. Thank you, Wilderness Scotland and Kirsty, for providing such a high quality experience!

by Carol Johnston 04/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Great hotel. Really enjoyed the stay.
Your Guide
Tim is very knowledgable and personable. Enjoyed traveling with him.
The Bottom Line
It is a great trip.

by Andrew Pollard 03/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Didn't need to contact the office much as the instructions on the website were clear and the e-mails timely in letting us know what was going on. When I did phone with a query it was handled efficiently - and friendly.
Trip Comments
Hard to pick from so many great experiences -walking out to the Old Man of Hoy and the on-going excavations at the Ness of Brodgar - but every day was special.
Accommodation and Food
Accomodation was very comfortable- just what was needed after a busy day. The food was good - I enjoyed all the meals.
Your Guide
Tim was exceptionally good. His knowledge of the islands, their history and wildlife - was impressive and I can't imagine a more comprehensive tour - including a night out at one of the Kirkwall Summer Concerts. Nothing was too much trouble.
The Bottom Line
I can't imagine a better way to visit the Orkneys.

by Kathleen Simonton 03/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I wrote several times with questions and every time received a warm and helpful response. Everone was so so kind!
Trip Comments
Where can I begin? Evert place was perfect and just what I wanted to see or do. Tim was the best guide and I checked off several "bucket list" things.
Accommodation and Food
Overall, the Lynnfield was great. Some of the food choices were limited. If there was a good daily soup or even a good tomato soup and bread, that would be great. The last night's meal was very delicious though.
Your Guide
Oh, Tim was fantastic!! We all loved him and he did everything possible to make sure we did what we most wanted to do. He is a wealth of information on the wildlife and history of Scotland and a real sweetie. He knew I loved archaeology and planned things so we could see a working dig. He's amazing. He chose great places to eat too. He put so much effort into this trip and I am so grateful to him.
The Bottom Line
This was a trip of a lifetime! It exceeded all my expectations and everyone I had contact with at Wilderness Scotland was kind, friendly, helpful and Tim, our guide did everything he could to make us happy. Thank you!

by Frances Burnett 30/07/2015

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
This is the second time that I have travelled with Kirsty and she is a fantastic guide. She is very knowledgeable about Scotland, history and wildlife. She found out what everyone wanted from the holiday and organised the trip perfectly to make sure everyone had a good time.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland is an excellent travel company with high standards for quality and good ethical values also.

by Odd Løvhaugen 29/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Clear instructions in e-mail replies. Friendly staff giving good advices.
Trip Comments
The Orkneys itself showed to offer experiences far above our expectation in nature as well as in culture. Wilderness Scotland perfected this experience.
Accommodation and Food
The charming hotel was an excellent base camp for the various walks and trips around the Orkneys. Their cuisine was the best we experienced in our stay.
Your Guide
Our friendly guide, Kirsty, showed an enthusiasm for her tasks rubbing off to all participants. Her knowledge of nature, culture and history impressed us, as well as her flexibility to adapt to the different wishes of the group. Always having a firm but unnoticeable control of time and position.
The Bottom Line
The Wilderness Scotland experience we can safely recommend to all wanting to explore the nature and culture of the Orkneys. We had a great time!

by Dianne Edgar 22/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
info arrived on time, and any queries were clearly explained.
Trip Comments
great combination of walking in stunning scenery, learning about birds and plants, understanding history and archaology, and comfortable accommodation and food.
Accommodation and Food
lovely hotel and delicious food with good choice
Your Guide
Kirsty is once again a star! She structures the day so that you do everything but never feel rushed. She is flexible and listens. And i am currently adopting her first lunch, second lunch concept!
The Bottom Line
This is my fourth trip with Wilderness Scotland, and I will be back for more. It is a brilliant way to discover remote parts of Scotland , enjoy the scenery, and learn about the wildlife and history of the areas we visit.

by Liz Waddy 21/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
You're never short of food on Wilderness Scotland holidays!
Your Guide
Friendly and knowledgeable. Kirsty modified the itinerary as necessary to meet everyone's requirements.
The Bottom Line
An excellent introduction to Orkney

by Paul Davies 21/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Dealt with room request very satisfactorily.
Trip Comments
There was so much of interest but the day trip to Hoy stood out for me.
Accommodation and Food
I would rate this somewhere in between good and excellent. The room was extremely comfortable and the bathroom excellent. With a few minor touches the accommodation could have been classed as luxurious, e.g. better quality pillows, proper coffee and a choice of teas.
The dinners in the hotel were very good, if rather too 'nouvelle cuisine' - one scallop for a starter! The vegetables were the same every night, neeps and potato dauphinoise, tasty but didn't complement the dishes. Also little change in the menu. Breakfasts were satisfactory. For the most part the service was inexplicably slow.
Wifi went down for a couple of days - no explanation and management seemed disinterested.
We also ate at the Kirkwall Hotel and Luciano's, and The Ferry Inn at Stromness. Would recommend all three for value, good food and service.
Your Guide
Ken was very professional. Took note of everyone's interests. Well informed on the history of the islands, the sea birds and wild life. Worked hard to make the holiday an unforgettable experience and was really good company too.
The Bottom Line
Our trip to the Orkney Islands was a rich experience of the dramatic scenery and wildlife. The prehistoric sites are incredible. We learnt so much too about the naval history which was very moving. Thoroughly recommended.

Prices and Departures

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14th May - 20th May 2016
£1,195
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25th Jun - 1st Jul 2016
£1,195
6 place(s) left
9th Jul - 15th Jul 2016
£1,195
Places available
30th Jul - 5th Aug 2016
£1,195
Places available
20th Aug - 26th Aug 2016
£1,195
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Trip Details

Walking in the Orkney Isles is a wonderful way to discover these islands.

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.

In the company of your highly knowledgeable guide you will walk in the wildest places of Orkney, with history all around, before returning to enjoy memorable cuisine and the finest accommodation in the Isles.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Orkney Islands

Our journey to the Orkney Islands follows the north-east coast of the Highlands and onwards over the Pentland Firth. Our accommodation is situated near the major archaeological sites which secure the intrigue of these islands.

Day 2 – Rousay and the Mid Howe Broch

We drive to the Eynhallow Sound and take a local ferry to the island of Rousay. We enjoy two short walks here – the Westness Walk to the Mid Howe broch and a superb moorland walk around Faraclett Head.

Distance 8km, 4 hrs.

Day 3 – The Gloup and Mull Head

The walk starts at The Gloup, a partially collapsed sea cave from where we head north along the coast to Mull Head. Before returning to Kirkwall we visit the Italian Chapel, two Nissen huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war.

Distance 9km, 4 hrs.

Day 4 – The Old Man of Hoy. Scapa Flow and Rackwick Bay
A short drive along the edge of Scapa Flow takes us to Houton where we catch the ferry to the island of Hoy. Here we walk to the famous Old Man of Hoy and some of Britain’s highest seacliffs before returning to Rackwick Bay.

Distance 10km, 5hrs.

Day 5 – Coastal Walk and visit the Ring of Brodgar

We follow a coastal path from Stromness to The Ness before heading west for the Sand of Warebeth. Afterwards we may visit the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe.

Distance 12km, 5hrs.

Day 6 – Brough Head to Marwick Head, Scara Brae

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

Distance 12km, 5 hrs.

Day 7 – Return to Inverness

Following breakfast, we will return Southwards to the mainland and Inverness, via the rugged coastal scenery of the Northern tip of Scotland.

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Prices and Departures

46 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
14th May - 20th May 2016
£1,195
Places available
25th Jun - 1st Jul 2016
£1,195
6 place(s) left
9th Jul - 15th Jul 2016
£1,195
Places available
30th Jul - 5th Aug 2016
£1,195
Places available
20th Aug - 26th Aug 2016
£1,195
Places available

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Had a great time. Really good trip thanks

Fiona Smith
18/08/2015

5

I enjoyed the trip immensely. Thank you, Wilderness Scotland and Kirsty, for providing such a high quality experience!

Lynda Porszt-Miron
17/08/2015

5

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