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Orkney Explorer

Overview

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  • Visit Skara Brae
  • See the Stones of Stenness
  • Discover the Ring of Brodgar
  • See Scapa Flow and the Churchill Barriers
  • Visit the Italian Chapel
  • Discover Kirkwall

Join us on this new tour to discover the rugged beauty of Orkney, an island full of history and heritage just waiting to be explored. We’ll visit the main sights including Skara Brae, the Italian Chapel and Kirkwall, all from our base in Stromness.

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Itinerary

Day One - Home to Inverness to Newtonmore
Make your own way to your chosen airport for the flight to Inverness. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Newtonmore, where we’ll check in to the Highlander Hotel and will enjoy an evening meal. (D)

Day Two – Newtonmore to Scrabster to Stromness
This morning we make our way north, and follow the coast to arrive in Scrabster, from where we take the Northlink ferry to Stromness, a journey of 90 minutes. Upon arrival, we’ll make our way to the Stromness Hotel where we stay for the next four nights. (B,D)

Day Three – Touring Orkney
This morning we meet our guide and start our guided tour visiting Skara Brae, a perfectly preserved Neolithic village that was first discovered in 1850 when a strong winter storm battered Orkney.  From here we visit the Stones of Stenness and the nearby Ring of Brodgar – part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. We’ll also visit Skaill House, the finest 17th century mansion in Orkney.  (B,D)

Day Four – Stromness
Enjoy a day to explore Stromness, the second most populated town on Orkney, at leisure. There’s plenty to see and do here, including a variety of independent shops which are well worth browsing. (B,D)

Day Five – Touring Orkney
Today we travel around the edge of Scapa Flow and cross the famous Churchill Barriers. Formally opened just before the end of the war, their role was not as a defence for Scapa Flow as originally planned, but as a series of causeways linking the five islands together. We also visit the beautifully decorated Italian Chapel which was built by prisoners of war, then make our way to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney. Kirkwall is a vibrant town with great shops and is also home to St Magnus Cathedral, Britain’s most northerly Cathedral. (B,D)

Day Six – Stromness - Dornoch
Sadly our time on Orkney has come to an end, and this morning we take the ferry back to the mainland and continue on to the charming town of Dornoch where we stay overnight. (B,D)

Day Seven – Dornoch - Home
You will be transferred back to Inverness airport for your return flight home. (B)

Dornoch Hotel

Set in its own grounds, overlooking Royal Dornoch Golf Course and the sandy beaches of the Dornoch Firth, this attractive hotel is a few minutes walk from the centre of Dornoch, an enchanting little cathedral town with a spacious square and wide streets. Linger in the hotel's relaxed tempo and timeless sense of comfort - a spacious reception area with fine sweeping stairway, wood panelled bar and sun lounge with lovely views are welcoming retreats. This is an excellent base for visiting the remote scenery of Scotland's far north and for an array of outdoor sporting activities. The hill-strewn moorland terrain, jewelled with lochs, has a wild charm of its own and is ideal for exploring Easter Ross and Ben Armine Forest.

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day: Orkney (Scapa Flow, Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel, Kirkwall)

Today we travel around the edge of Scapa Flow and cross the famous Churchill Barriers. Formally opened just before the end of the war, their role was not as a defence for Scapa Flow as originally planned, but as a series of causeways linking the five islands together. We also visit the beautifully decorated Italian Chapel which was built by prisoners of war, then make our way to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney. Kirkwall is a vibrant town with great shops and is also home to St Magnus Cathedral, Britain’s most northerly Cathedral.

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Full Day: Orkney (Skara Brae, Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar & Skaill House)

Excursion of Orkney. This morning we meet our guide and start our guided tour visiting Skara Brae, a perfectly preserved Neolithic village that was first discovered in 1850 when a strong winter storm battered Orkney.  From here we visit the Stones of Stenness and the nearby Ring of Brodgar – part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. We’ll also visit Skaill House, the finest 17th century mansion in Orkney.

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