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.