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    Wilderness Walking
    The Orkney Islands

    228 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 31st Jul | 14th Aug Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: Orkney and Shetland Isles
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Comfort: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 3 Traveller(s) Book
    Deposit From: £448.75 £448.75


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    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 the memorable cuisine and the finest accommodation in the Isles.

    Trip Highlights

    • 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.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Travel to Orkney

    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, D)

    Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | approx. 4 hrs

    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/ 6 miles | approx. 4 hrs

    Day 4 – The Old Man of Hoy

    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 sea cliffs before returning to Rackwick Bay. We enjoy dinner in a local pub or restaurant on the way back to the hotel. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 10km/ 6 miles | approx. 5 hrs

    Day 5 – Brough Head to Marwick Head, Skara Brae

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

    Walk details: 6km/ 3.5 miles | approx. 2-3 hrs

    Day 6 – Stromness, Ring of Brodgar

    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/ 5 miles | approx. 3 hr

    Day 7 – Return to Inverness

    After breakfast, we will return to the mainland and Inverness, via the rugged coastal scenery of the Northern tip of Scotland. (B, L)

    Wilderness Walking
    The Orkney Islands

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    Trip Dates & Prices

    Trip Dates for 2021 Availability Status Price Book
    31st Jul - 6th Aug 2021 Women only departure Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,795
    14th Aug - 20th Aug 2021 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,795
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    7th May - 13th May 2022 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,795
    28th May - 3rd Jun 2022 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,795
    25th Jun - 1st Jul 2022 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,795
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    What's Included

    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.


    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 £435 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.

    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 nights accommodation in a four star, family owned hotel with views across Kirkwall to the north isles
    • All meals during the trip as stated in itinerary (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
    Travel Read More

    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.

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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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    Stevie Christie

    As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. Stevie love for adventure and sharing the wild place of Scotland inspired him to create this historic walking tour of the Orkney Isles.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    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.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 228 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands


    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.


    Chris Schilling

    Reviewed on 06/10/2020

    Age: 80 - 90
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 26/09/2020
    Trips Taken: 2

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    Caroline Bottoms

    Reviewed on 05/10/2020

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 26/09/2020
    Trips Taken: 6

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    Karen Collier-Keyes

    Reviewed on 05/10/2020

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 26/09/2020
    Trips Taken: 1

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    Loved all the historical sites.Not quite enough walking for me but I choose the easy grade as I wasn't sure of what to expect.Will choose something more challenging next time.

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