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Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands

  • 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
  • 6 nights accommodation in a four star, family owned hotel with views across Kirkwall to the north isles
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
  • All private boat and ferry transfers

Green Graded Walking Holidays

Green graded walking holidays are suitable for for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

28th Apr - 4th May 2018

Tim Francis
A passionate biker and hill-walker, Tim is a former business development manager who spent 4 years working in South America...
Pete Grant Wilderness Guide

5th May - 11th May 2018

Pete Grant
Family doctor in a past life, Pete has now caught the wanderlust bug and spends his days guiding out in the hills. Find out more here...
Lorraine-McCall

12th May - 18th May 2018

Lorraine McCall
Not happy with just walking up all the Munros, Lorraine walked and kayaked to reach them.
Mark Cox

16th Jun - 22nd Jun 2018

Mark Cox
Mark really likes nature on his doorstep, with 5000 rockhopper penguins he's cracked it...
Pete Grant Wilderness Guide

7th Jul - 13th Jul 2018

Pete Grant
Family doctor in a past life, Pete has now caught the wanderlust bug and spends his days guiding out in the hills. Find out more here...

21st Jul - 27th Jul 2018

Tim Francis
A passionate biker and hill-walker, Tim is a former business development manager who spent 4 years working in South America...
Pete Grant Wilderness Guide

28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2018

Pete Grant
Family doctor in a past life, Pete has now caught the wanderlust bug and spends his days guiding out in the hills. Find out more here...
Craig_McDonald

11th Aug - 17th Aug 2018

Craig McDonald
Craig's love of history and discovering the footsteps of his clan is what has drawn to his ancestral homelands.
Cory Jones

8th Sep - 14th Sep 2018

Cory Jones
Wildlife fanatic and first-aid expert makes Cory a good guy to have around in the hills!
Mark Cox

22nd Sep - 28th Sep 2018

Mark Cox
Mark really likes nature on his doorstep, with 5000 rockhopper penguins he's cracked it...

29th Sep - 5th Oct 2018

Tim Francis
A passionate biker and hill-walker, Tim is a former business development manager who spent 4 years working in South America...
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

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.

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.

SINGLE ROOMS

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £435 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the fixed seating area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 09:30am on Day 1 of your trip. We aim to have you back at the station by 17.00hrs on your last day.

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

Please note that on the September departure there will be an earlier meeting time of 09:00 am for operational reasons.

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.

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by Darsie Bowden 09/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Some glitches in getting information to me (like packing list), but immediately resolved with an email.
Trip Comments
My second trip with Wilderness Scotland did not disappoint.
Accommodation and Food
Superb lodging with wonderful breakfasts, lunches and some dinners, with very entertaining servers.
Your Guide
Kirsty is fabulous. She's knowledgeable, flexible, funny, and fun.
The Bottom Line
Excellent experience.

by Catriona MacKenzie 09/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The wilderness staff are all very knowledgeable and welcoming.
Trip Comments
From the moment we all met at the train station, until we parted there, it was a hugely enjoyable trip. It was the best of everything you could wish for on a holiday
Accommodation and Food
The hotel was fabulous, I loved it. The food was heavenly, we were spoilt for choice.
Your Guide
Kirsty is the most professional, the most knowledgeable, and the most competent guide, let alone the loveliest person you could have to guide your Wilderness holiday
The Bottom Line
The trip to the Orkney Islands is a fabulous experience, combined with Wilderness Scotland makes it an experience not to be missed in anyone's lifetime

by Bob Cameron 02/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Denise Chidley 04/09/2017

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5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quite frankly I was a bit of a nervous nelly because this was my first trip and I didn't know what to expect. I was so impressed that my queries were treated respectfully (there was never a dumb question) and promptly.
Trip Comments
Great itinerary, excellent guide, high quality accommodation and lucky for us fantastic tour group.
Accommodation and Food
All good
Your Guide
Best guide I've ever had. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the Orkneys. He was also very funny and very inclusive (he made sure everyone was involved in conversations, decisions etc)
The Bottom Line
This trip has changed the way I want to travel. I now want to have a nightly (comfortable) accommodation base and do daily trips/ walks out from there each day. Wilderness Scotland were wonderful, covered the basics of registering for a place without being overly beauractic and all further enquiries were handled promptly.

by Angela Trevor-Jones 02/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Plenty of information provided about the trip. Enquiries were dealt with promptly.
Trip Comments
We loved every minute of this trip. The small group added to the experience and it meant there was more flexibility in what we decided to do each day. It is hard to choose one highlight as there were many! I loved Rackwick Bay and also the Deerness walk...but really all the walks were beautiful and each one was so different. I also enjoyed visiting Kirkwall and Stromness and being able to spend a little bit of time in each. Visiting the archeological sites was also fascinating and incorporated into the trip in such a way that it allowed us to do plenty of walking but we also got to experience the incredible history of the place. Maeshowe and Skara Brae were real highlights. This trip just ticked so many boxes!
Accommodation and Food
We loved staying at the Lynnfield Hotel. It was like stepping back in time. The lounge areas were great for having a drink and debrief together at the end of the day. Everything was very clean and comfortable. Our room had plenty of space and the biggest bed I've ever slept in! Breakfast was excellent and dinner meals sometimes missed the mark, but were generally good. Packed lunches had different sandwich fillings every day and plenty of food was provided. We ate out for dinner a few times and those meals were very good, the standout being Skerries Bistro ( outstanding view and food). It was nice to mix things up a bit and try different places.
Your Guide
Pete Grant was a fantastic guide and just a lovely human being! I felt from the start that we were in safe hands with Pete. Pete was a great listener and tuned in to our group very quickly and organised the itinerary accordingly. Great sense of humour so there were lots of laughs. I really liked the way Pete debriefed with the group each day. He was always happy to have feedback and input and kept us informed about the weather ( always important!) and any changes to our itinerary. And he had the knack of knowing just when we needed a coffee break! Pete had a great understanding of the Orkneys and shared wonderful stories and insights which really added so much to the trip.
The Bottom Line
I would highly recommend visiting the Orkney Islands.We were fortunate to have beautiful weather which made for a really fabulous trip. The Orkney Islands are stunning and endlessly interesting and travelling from Australia it was a long way to go but absolutely worth it. We were really happy with every aspect of the trip and we are already looking at future trips with Wilderness Scotland.

by Shirley Jacobsen 01/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Always helpful when I had questions. Very quick to respond
Trip Comments
Our first time with this sort of trip. We loved it!
Accommodation and Food
Lodging and food was outstanding
Your Guide
Craig McDonald was the absolute BEST!! He was so knowledgable , loves his job and really took interest with his group. He has certainly set the bar high for any future guides and trips we take.
The Bottom Line
Without a doubt the best trip we have ever taken!! Thank you

by Lisa Slotznick 29/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The sights on Orkney are fantastic. Craig as our leader was very responsive to our comments on what we might want to see and do.
Accommodation and Food
The Lynnfield Inn was great with well appointed rooms. The service at breakfast was a bit slow if ordering off of the menu.
Your Guide
Craig was great. He clearly wanted to make sure we were having a good, safe vacation.
The Bottom Line

by John Edmonstone 28/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The trip was full of variety and benefited from an excellent guide.
Accommodation and Food
The hotel was comfortable and the food outstanding.
Your Guide
Craig was extremely knowledgeable regarding the history and archaeology and had a wicked sense of humour which helped a disparate group (British, American, Australian and Belgian) to blend very well.
The Bottom Line
This was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The combination of physical and mental exercise was highly stimulating.

by Carol Edmonstone 28/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Whenever I rang the phone was always answered immediately and my queries satisfied!
Trip Comments
The holiday was much more than we expected, the Island of Orkney is full of history with great walks. Just the right number of walkers!
Accommodation and Food
The Lynnfield Hotel was great. My only concern was there was no notice in the entrance hall about walking boots. My husband and I took ours off and carried them upstairs and left on newspaper but I did notice others just tramping up stairs in boots, luckily we had mostly fine weather!
Your Guide
Craig was an extremely good guide, he knew the Islands well and the history. He was always on time!
He organised our days to suit everyone and managed to avoid the cruise ship hordes which I was a bit concerned about! We all mixed very well and had plenty of fun!
The Bottom Line
Loved every minute of this holiday, have already recommended you to friends!

by Steven Phenicie 28/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The amount of paperwork seemed minimal, and everything seemed to be handled as efficiently as possible.
Trip Comments
Our guide, Craig McDonald, seemed prepared to handle any situation, such as dealing with late ferries. He got a bit of a challenge when one member of our party tumbled over a wall.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were excellent. It was nice to stay in a place with some character. The food was generally good, although some of it it was saltier than what we are used to and at times the service was a bit spotty.
Your Guide
Craig, with his Scottish accent and fast manner of speaking, could be a bit of a challenge to understand at times, although he was clear about imparting vital information. He has the best interests of his clients at heart all the way.
The Bottom Line
The trip covered everything described well. However, I think the "walk details" give the impression that group activities will last only four or five hours per day. Usually that was not the case.

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Trip Details

Join us on a stunning  journey to the unforgettable Orkney Islands, a little-visited archipelago of some 70 small islands and skerries due north of the Scottish mainland.

Walking is a wonderful way to discover the Orkney Islands. 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, 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 – The Orkney Islands

Day 1 – Arrival on the Orkney Islands

Meeting in Inverness, 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. (L, D)

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. (B, L)

Walk details: 8km, approx 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. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 9km, approx 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 Stromness 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. (B, L)

Walk details: 10km, approx 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 visit the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe. (B, L)

Walk details: 12km, approx 5hrs.

Day 6 – Brough Head to Marwick Head, Skara 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. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 12km, approx 5 hrs.

Day 7 – Return to Inverness

Following breakfast, we will return Southwards from the Orkney Islands to the mainland and Inverness, via the rugged coastal scenery of the Northern tip of Scotland. (B, L)

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Excellent experience.

Darsie Bowden
09/10/2017

5

The trip to the Orkney Islands is a fabulous experience, combined with Wilderness Scotland makes it an experience not to be missed in anyone's lifetime

Catriona MacKenzie
09/10/2017

5

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