This unique tour will take in some of the most important Neolithic sites that are part of the Unesco World Heritage site in Orkney and give you the opportunity to get involved within the Orkney community by visiting a community owned Mill and sampling their products and listening to local musicians playing traditional music.
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 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. We then move onto Birsay where we visit the community Hall and the Barony Mill. The mill produces bere meal. This is an ancient grain with a distinctive flavour. At the community hall you will have the opportunity to sample bannocks made from bere and made locally. You will be entertained by some of our many talented local musicians who will play a range of Orkney tunes. We will then leave Birsay for a trip around Evie and get a panoramic view of some of our Northern Isles before returning to Kirkwall.