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Scotland's Orkney Islands

From £878 for 5 days
Trip Overview

The Orkneys, off the northern tip of Scotland, are well and truly alive with histories and mysteries to discover by land and sea. Spend five days experiencing the best of the Orkney Islands, departing from the highland hub of Inverness, and using Kirkwall as your base. Admire the Neolithic town of Skara Brae that predates Stonehenge, get well off the tourist trail on a leisurely coastal hike on Shapinsay Island, and bookend your days with some live music and whisky tastings at local pubs along the way. With a local leader full of knowledge and a group as eager to learn as you, this slice of European history has never been so enticing.

Essential Info
Starts: Inverness / Kirkwall / Orkney Islands
Ends: Kirkwall / Inverness
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IBWSO
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Scotland
What's Included


4 Breakfasts included
1 Lunches included


Train,Public bus,Private vehicle,Taxi,Ferry,On foot


Guesthouse (4 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   The Orkney Islands are teeming with historic sites to explore. The Neolithic township of Skara Brae, the renowned Ring of Brodgar and 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral – it’s like you’ve been transported back in time!

•   Join your group leader on a walking tour of Kirkwall – Orkney’s main centre. They’ll be able to share with you the history and traditions behind the game of ‘Ba’ in town.

•   Spend the morning discovering the island of Shapinsay on a coastal walking tour, full of rich heritage and small-town quirks. You might even spot some resident seals!

•   What’s Scotland without a tipple? Be sure to join your local leader and group of travellers throughout the trip at a corner pub, tasting some of the finest whiskies on offer.

•   With plenty of time dedicated to exploring at your own pace, you can dial up the history, or instead, balance it all out with some distillery visits. You’ve got the power to choose.

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Departing: 14th Jul 2021
Returning: 18th Jul 2021
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Departing: 18th Aug 2021
Returning: 22nd Aug 2021
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Returning: 5th Sep 2021
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Departing: 15th Sep 2021
Returning: 19th Sep 2021
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Departing: 22nd Sep 2021
Returning: 26th Sep 2021
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Departing: 6th Oct 2021
Returning: 10th Oct 2021
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Departing: 27th Apr 2022
Returning: 1st May 2022
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Returning: 29th May 2022
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Departing: 22nd Jun 2022
Returning: 26th Jun 2022
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Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to Scotland! Meet your local leader and fellow travellers at Inverness Railway Station. Exact times and further details can be found in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ of your Essential Trip Information. From here take a train to Thurso, and on arrival, transfer to the nearby port of Scrabster to board a ferry over to Orkney. The ferry journey is a scenic adventure in itself, so keep your eyes peeled for the Old Man of Hoy – the tallest sea stack in the UK. Disembark in Stromness and catch a local bus with your group to Kirkwall – the largest centre in Orkney. After a long day of travelling, it’s time to settle into your accommodation and perhaps cosy up in a pub. Your leader will recommend some options to have drinks, plus hopefully with some live music on offer too!
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