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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 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.

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.
Judith Work

1st Jun - 7th Jun 2019

Judith Work
Environmental scientist and outdoor leader - meet Jude.
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.
Pete Grant Wilderness Guide

7th Sep - 13th Sep 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...
Lorraine-McCall

21st Sep - 27th Sep 2019

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

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.

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.

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 09:00am 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.

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

We meet in Inverness and transfer north. Our journey to the Orkney Islands follows the north-east coast of the Highlands and onwards over the Pentland Firth. We reach Orkney in the late afternoon, where we’ll visit the Italian Chapel, two Nissan huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war. We’ll then continue on to our hotel which is situated nearby to the major archaeological sites which add to the intrigue to these islands. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner and briefing from your guide for what lies ahead. (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, 190m ascent

Day 3 – The Gloup and Mull Head

Today our walk starts at The Gloup, a partially collapsed sea cave from where we head north along the coast to Mull Head. Tonight we enjoy dinner back at our hotel. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 9km, approx 4 hrs, 195m ascent

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. We enjoy dinner in a local pub or restaurant on the way back to the hotel. (B, L)

Walk details: 10km, approx 5hrs, 220m ascent

Day 5 –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)

Walk details: 12km, approx 5 hrs, 330m ascent

Day 6 – Stromness, Ring of Brodgar & the Sand of Warebeth

Today we visit the historic Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe. Afterwards, we follow a coastal path from Stromness to The Ness before heading west for the Sand of Warebeth. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx 3 hrs, 60m ascent

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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27th Apr - 3rd 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
£1,735
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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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by Donn Hutchins 13/10/2018

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Excellent Experience. I think Wilderness Scotland' s program with a maximum of 8 cutomerrs to a guide prvides for a level of intimacy/personalized experiece that you do not find with larger groups and I have realely seen from other vendors.. Great guides are the real key to a successful trip; they are Wilderness Scotland to the customer.

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by Pamela McKenney 11/10/2018

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I have recommended Wilderness Scotland to all my friends. I plan on booking other trips with Wilderness Scotland in the future.

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by Karen Lees 08/10/2018

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Duration: 6 night(s)

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Region: Orkney and Shetland Isles

Comfort: Classic

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