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      Wilderness Walking
      The Orkney Islands

      173 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 27th Apr | 4th May Duration: 6 night(s)

      From £1,735 View Prices & Departures

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      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Location: Orkney and Shetland Isles
      Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
      Comfort: Classic

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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 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)

      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)

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

      Day 5 – Stromness, Ring of Brodgar

      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)

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

      Day 6 – Brough Head to Marwick Head, Skara Brae

      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)

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      ACCOMMODATION
      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 £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 - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) 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.

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      ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
      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 Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2019 Availability Status Price Book
      27th Apr - 3rd May 2019 Female only date 6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now
      4th May - 10th May 2019 1 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now
      11th May - 17th May 2019 2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now
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      15th Jun - 21st Jun 2019 5 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now
      6th Jul - 12th Jul 2019 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,735
      20th Jul - 26th Jul 2019 3 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now
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      7th Sep - 13th Sep 2019 1 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,735 Book Now
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      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

      Speak to an Expert

      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.

      - Stevie Christie

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 173 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.

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      Moira Chaplin

      Reviewed on 16/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 29/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I'll be back The trip was without fault.

      DH

      Donn Hutchins

      Reviewed on 13/10/2018

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 29/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 4

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      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.

      PM

      Pamela McKenney

      Reviewed on 11/10/2018

      Age: 70 - 80
      Trip Date: 22/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

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

      KL

      Karen Lees

      Reviewed on 08/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Trip Date: 22/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

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      Kerin Sanders

      Reviewed on 05/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 22/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 6

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I really enjoyed the week; all aspects of the trip were great and it was really good to spend time with such a lovely group of people. I'm sure that I will be booking another trip next year.

      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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