Travel to the West Mainland of Orkney and enjoy the wonderful sites from Unesco World Heritage sites from the Neolithic period, including Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar and the village of Skara Brae. After leaving Kirkwall, we will travel through Finstown and hear how it got its name. Learn about our island life and after visiting Skara Brae, take the chance to view our grandest Manor house, Skaill House and the stories it hold. Enjoy our beautiful landscape as we travel out of the parish of Sandwick and onwards through Stenness, where some remains of the world wars still can be seem. We then travel into the parish of Orphir and see the birth home of arctic explorer John Rae and we can learn about his contribution to mapping the North West passage. Continuing on, we get a good view of the islands of Hoy and Graemsay. Our journey take us over the brow of the hill where we get a glorious view of Scapa Flow and learn the significance this body of water had in the world wars. Travel through the Orphir village and onto Hobbister, notable for the heathery hills making it the perfect habitat for many birds. You may get a chance to see the buoy which acts as a marker for the navel grave, HMS Royal Oak and learn about the tragedy and its effect on the WWII.View Tour
Soak in the delights of Orkney with its spectacular land and seascapes whilst learning about the important roles the islands have played in history through the ages.
Visit Skara brae, a stone built settlement, which was uncovered by a storm and eventually excavated. It reveals several structures through time which show us how our ancestors lived. Skara Brae sits on the beautiful and rustic shoreline of Skaill beach and on the grounds of Skaill house, the largest manor house in Orkney. The tour will then explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the oldest henge monument in Orkney, hear tales of its place in history through the years.
Travel back to Kirkwall where you have some free time to either shop and visit our cafes and bar or take the opportunity to visit the St Magnus Cathedral and Earls and Bishops Palaces, all erected when Orkney was under Norse rule. The tour will then take you to the East Mainland of Orkney where we learn stories that shaped the World Wars and visit the enchanting Italian Chapel built by Prisoners of War during the WWII before returning back to Kirkwall.View Tour