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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.

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...
Lorraine-McCall

27th Apr - 3rd May 2019

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

4th May - 10th May 2019

Paul McCaffrey
Paul has been flying high for as long as he can remember!
Mark Cox

11th May - 17th May 2019

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

25th May - 31st May 2019

Dave Picken
Meet Dave Picken, expert guide and bee-keeper extraordinaire.
Pete Grant Wilderness Guide

15th Jun - 21st Jun 2019

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...
Ken Keith

6th Jul - 12th Jul 2019

Ken Keith
Ken saw the light and left the bright lights behind for a Highland existence. Read more here.
Gordon Anderson

20th Jul - 26th Jul 2019

Gordon Anderson
Hailing from Skye and growing up in Inverness, Gordon has a rich Scottish heritage.

27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2019

Kirsty Chuchla
Join the effervescent Kirsty as she leads groups to Scotland's beautiful wild places.
Andy Heald

10th Aug - 16th Aug 2019

Andy Heald
A man of the mountains, Andy has done all the Munros twice so far and has trekked and climbed in over 30 countries and 6 continents!
Lorraine-McCall

17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2019

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

28th Sep - 4th Oct 2019

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

12th Oct - 18th Oct 2019

Alan Wright
Meet Alan, avid nature expert and worldwide trekker.
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.

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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8th Sep - 14th Sep 2018
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22nd Sep - 28th Sep 2018
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29th Sep - 5th Oct 2018
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27th Apr - 3rd May 2019
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4th May - 10th May 2019
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11th May - 17th May 2019
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25th May - 31st May 2019
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1st Jun - 7th Jun 2019
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15th Jun - 21st Jun 2019
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6th Jul - 12th Jul 2019
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20th Jul - 26th Jul 2019
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27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2019
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10th Aug - 16th Aug 2019
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7th Sep - 13th Sep 2019
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21st Sep - 27th Sep 2019
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28th Sep - 4th Oct 2019
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12th Oct - 18th Oct 2019
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Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 159 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands

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by Jane Potter 13/08/2018

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by Joseph Bracewell 12/08/2018

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Our final verdict is that we can't wait to come back next year -- maybe the Shetlands next time!

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by Peggy Bracewell 08/08/2018

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We cross the Atlantic a couple times a year for travel in major cities on our own-- our interests are art, architecture, design, and walking, and we don't do group trips .

This trip was selected mostly to get us outdoors and away from Washington DC's heat and humidity (and endless news cycle) in mid summer. And on that count, the trip was a great success. But being away from urban environments was unexpectedly delightful and we learned more and saw more than we anticipated. The ability to be outdoors and in these varied natural places, while being able to return to luxe hotel room/excellent dinner-- that was the winning combination for us. My husband and I feel like it was perhaps our best trip ever!

Pete didn't compose the group-- but it turned out to be just delightful, and he "handled" us very well! Everyone was quite fit and up for the more vigorous options in terms of walking. It might not have been as fun if a group were held back by folks who were unrealistic about their ability to walk distance and mild grade changes. But lucky for us, that was not the case. Pete was very responsive to anyone's request, he solicited our input about options, and gave us positive reinforcement to continue good group behavior--like punctuality! So, there really were not any problems.

We are looking at the Shetland trip for next summer.....

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by Alyson Boye 07/08/2018

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Our trip was really good. I was looking for something my husband and I could do with my parents who are in their 70's in the outdoors. This trip really delivered. We all had a great time while learning and seeing a lot of things we never would have otherwise. There is no way we would have been able to pack in the amount of stuff we did in a week on our own.

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