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    The Orkney Isles

    Next Trip: 14th - 19th Apr 2024 Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

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    Region: Orkney and Shetland Isles
    Trip Type: E-bike
    Accommodation: Deluxe
    Max Group Size: 12
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    With an expert Wilderness guide, discover the elemental, wild beauty of Orkney by E-bike. On a 6-day adventure, enjoy exploring the purity of a landscape made up of fertile fields, plunging cliffs and boundless, iridescent skies.

    Ride along quiet roads and immerse yourself in stunning natural beauty. Enjoy visiting ancient standing stones, fascinating archaeological sites and engaging museums. Visit sea-soaked towns, sandy beaches and cycle through flowering machair. As sea-thrift blushes pink atop wind-scrubbed cliffs, chat with your guide about the hardy fauna that call these wild islands home. Spot fulmars flying low over the spray and hen harriers hovering high above great expanses of marshland. In the clean, clear sea, look out for harbour seals, otters and dolphins.

    After perfectly paced days, relax in cosy accommodation, enjoying delicious food and warm hospitality. Enjoy being captivated by Orcadian charm on a trip designed to showcase the evocative beauty of these northern islands.

    Need a bike? See our bike hire page for details.

    Trip Highlights

    • Feel close to nature as you discover the beauty of Orkney by E-bike.
    • Explore the unique small islands of Shapinsay and Rousay.
    • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skara Brae.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Welcome to Orkney

    Meet your Wilderness guide at Inverness Railway Station this morning and transfer up the eastern coast of northern Scotland. The roads up here are slender and quiet, the views stretching large and long across the fields to the glittering sea beyond. Arrive in Scrabster and catch the ferry across the Pentland Firth to Stromness on Orkney. As you chug across the water, look out for the Old Man of Hoy and the spectacular sea cliffs. Once ashore, a short drive will take you to your lovely country-house hotel, where they’ll be time for a short ride to explore the coast, before dinner and a good night’s sleep. (L, D)

    Ride details: 12.5 km/8 miles | 146 m/480 ft elevation gain

    Day 2 – Shapinsay and Kirkwall

    After a relaxed breakfast this morning, head out on your bikes to catch the ferry from Kirkwall to the fertile green isle of Shapinsay. From the tiny harbour village of Balfour, enjoy a circular ride around the island. Along the way, stop to visit Burroughston Broch (one of the best preserved brochs in Orkney) and Mill Dam RSPB reserve, which is home to curlew, redshank, shovelers and wigeons. After a picnic lunch, take the ferry back to mainland Orkney and spend some time exploring Kirkwall. Enjoy a free evening tonight, relaxing at your hotel or dining out in one of the town’s lovely restaurants. (B, L)

    Ride details: 24 km/15 miles | 200 m/660 ft elevation gain

    Day 3 – Neolithic Orkney

    Learn more about Orkney’s fascinating history today as you enjoy a beautiful ride that visits some of the island’s most treasured archaeological sites. Explore the mysterious Ring of Brodgar (Scotland’s largest Neolithic stone circle), the Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe Chambered Cairn. Chat with your knowledgeable guide about the ancient nature of the island’s topography, learning about a landscape where the remnants of the past press so firmly on the present. Return to your cosy hotel this evening and enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)

    Ride details: 42 km/26 miles | 325 m/1,066 ft elevation gain

    Day 4 – Exploring the Isle of Rousay

    As the morning haar recedes across the waves, transfer to Tingwall and catch the ferry to Rousay. Once ashore, set out to cycle around the island. Following a ribbon of tarmac that encircles its outer bounds, you can make the ride as challenging or relaxing as you wish (the joys of an e-bike). The wild and relatively untouched landscape is home to a wealth of archaeological riches, including ancient burial sites that date back thousands of years. After a lovely day exploring this unique island, head back on the ferry and enjoy a free evening. (B, L)

    Ride details: 22 km/13.5 miles | 337 m/1,105 ft elevation gain

    Day 5 – Skara Brae and Stromness

    After breakfast, hop in with your guide and transfer north to Birsay. Visit a unique tidal island and roam the ruins of Earl’s Palace. Afterwards, cycle south to the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. This Neolithic semi-subterranean settlement was uncovered by a winter storm in 1850 and provides a remarkable picture of what life would have been like over 5000 years ago. Continue riding down the west coast and arrive in Stromness. Have nosy around town and visit the museum. This evening, relax in good company as you enjoy your last evening on the salt-soaked shores of this beautiful island. (B, L, D)

    Ride details: 25 km/15.5 miles | 265 m/870 ft elevation gain

    Day 6 – Lamb Holm and Depart

    Pack up this morning and transfer to catch the ferry back over to mainland Scotland. En route, visit a charming Italian Chapel located on the uninhabited island of Lamb Holm. Once on the ferry, sit back and enjoy the views across the white-flecked waves. A scenic drive back to Inverness allows many interesting places to stop and stretch your legs, such as a remarkable natural harbour and Carn Liath Broch. Arrive at Inverness Railway Station at 5:00pm this afternoon, bidding farewell to your guide before beginning your homeward journey. (B, L)

    The Orkney Isles

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    Our accommodation in Orkney is in a 4-star small hotel, close to Scapa Flow and, somewhat temptingly, next to the Highland Park distillery. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities.

    Single rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers; however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £395 is charged.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    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. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group, however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 days of professional guiding/driving.
    • 5 nights accommodation.
    • All meals from lunch on your day of arrival to lunch on the final day, except for dinner on nights 2 and 4 (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
    • Vehicle transport throughout from meeting in Inverness to finishing in Inverness.
    • All ferry transfers.
    • Entrance and admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green graded trips are suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness who enjoy cycling and are looking for an active but relaxed trip. They are also suitable for active people who are new to cycle touring and looking for a new way to explore the countryside.

    Distances each day will be between 25 – 40 miles, cycling at an average speed of around 12mph. We will ride on mostly straightforward rolling terrain with one or two more notable climbs during the trip, where some riders may opt to ride in the support vehicle. We will be in the saddle for 4-6 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus visits to sites of interest.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 8:45am on Day 1 of your trip.

    The trip will conclude at Inverness Railway Station at 5:00pm on the final day of the trip.

    For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our Recommended Travel page.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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