This tour is designed for all the family. It gives a mix of our ancient monuments from the Neolithic period to more recent history where we get a flavour of how local people made their livings and the heritage of Orkney traditions were formed.
The tour will leave Kirkwall for the Standing Stones of Stenness, the oldest henge monument in Orkney, hear tales of its place in history through the years.
We then move onto Birsay where we visit the Barony Mill. This water mill produces bere meal. This is an ancient grain with a distinctive flavour. Young people can help the guide on a mouse hunt around the mill.
Finally, travel back 100 years when we visit Corrigall Farm Museum, a typical Orkney farm house and farm buildings. It has a working barn, grain kiln, horse-drawn machinery and livestock. A traditional peat fire helps to recreate the atmosphere of times gone by. See how rope is made from ‘simmens’ and imagine how Orkney people lived by using their local resources.
Then its back to Kirkwall through the village of Finstown.View Tour
This tour takes you to some of the most beautiful spots on the West Mainland of Orkney.
We start with a drive to Standing Stones of Stenness, the oldest henge monument in Scotland, a 5000 year old stone circle set in between two lochs. The shores and are a haven for wildlife and you are likely to see seals bathing on the rocks and swans and other aquatic birds nearby.
We then drive past more Neolithic sites including the Ness of Brodgar and the Ring of Brodgar on the way to the Cliff’s of Yesnaby. Here you will see dramatic cliffs on the west coast of the Orkney Mainland, a stunning location that must be seen.
To finish the tour we then drive around Scapa Flow with sites over our southern isles. This was the main British Naval base during World War 1 and World War 2. The scenery is stunning and you will learn what went on in this great harbour in the 20th century before heading back to Kirkwall.View Tour
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 naval 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