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Orkney Isles Wilderness Walk


Itinerary for Orkney Isles Wilderness Walk



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Travel to Orkney
We meet in Inverness and transfer north. Our journey to the Orkney Islands follows the north-east coast of the Highlands and onwards over the Pentland Firth. We reach Orkney in the late afternoon, where we’ll visit the Italian Chapel, two Nissan huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war. We’ll then continue on to our hotel which is situated nearby to the major archaeological sites which add to the intrigue to these islands. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner and briefing from your guide for what lies ahead.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lynnfield Hotel in Kirkwall


Day 2: Rousay and the Mid Howe Broch
We drive to the Eynhallow Sound and take a local ferry to the island of Rousay. We enjoy two short walks here – the Westness Walk to the Mid Howe broch and a superb moorland walk around Faraclett Head.
Distance: approx.8km / approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Lynnfield Hotel in Kirkwall


Day 3: The Gloup and Mull Head
Today our walk starts at The Gloup, a partially collapsed sea cave from where we head north along the coast to Mull Head. Tonight we enjoy dinner back at our hotel.
Distance: approx.9km / approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lynnfield Hotel in Kirkwall


Day 4: The Old Man of Hoy, Scapa Flow & Rackwick Bay
A short drive along the edge of Scapa Flow takes us to Stromness where we catch the ferry to the island of Hoy. Here we walk to the famous Old Man of Hoy and some of Britain’s highest sea cliffs before returning to Rackwick Bay. We enjoy dinner in a local pub or restaurant on the way back to the hotel.
Distance: approx.10km / approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Lynnfield Hotel in Kirkwall


Day 5: Brough Head to Marwick Head, Skara Brae
Today we visit the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it. Afterwards, from Brough Head, a superb walk follows the coast south to Marwick Head - one of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Isles.
Distance: approx.6km / approx. 2-3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Lynnfield Hotel in Kirkwall


Day 6: Stromness, Ring of Brodgar & the Sand of Warebeth
Today we visit the historic Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe. Afterwards, we follow a coastal path from Stromness to The Ness before heading west for the Sand of Warebeth.
Distance: approx.8km / approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lynnfield Hotel in Kirkwall


Day 7: Return to Inverness
After breakfast, we will return to the mainland and Inverness, via the rugged coastal scenery of the Northern tip of Scotland.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

PLEASE NOTE - The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the guide having regard to weather conditions and other factors.

This holiday is suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.
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Orkney Isles Wilderness Walk
Tour Code: ZZ-HK-WS02
7 days / 6 nights ~$2,290.00
Dates: Apr to Oct

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness
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Hiking, sightseeing, history

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