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Orkney Isles Wilderness Walk

Orkney Isles Wilderness Walk
Coast Scotland

Join us on a stunning and unforgettable journey to the Orkney Isles, a little-visited archipelago of some 70 small islands and skerries due north of the Scottish mainland. This mysterious place of long days and colourful night skies is home to a wealth of sea life and sea birds, not forgetting the remarkable flora of the islands.
The unique situation and environment of the Isles have combined to create a fascinating cultural and historical tapestry of stone circles, countless invasions and occupations, isolation and extremity, all of which have left their mark through the ages. In the company of your highly knowledgeable guide you will walk in the wildest places of Orkney, with history all around, before returning to enjoy memorable cuisine and the finest accommodation in the Isles.

Trip Highlights
• Discover wild walks, ancient landscapes and spectacularly weathered sea cliffs on the walking holiday of a lifetime
• Experience the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Orkneys in the company of our knowledgeable guides
Enjoy the very best of local produce & cuisine at our small hotel, rated as ‘the best accommodation in Orkney’

A Typical Day
Waking up in your comfortable room, you realise how easy it is to get up when someone else is cooking a full Highland breakfast for you! Over a relaxed breakfast, served at about 8am, the guide describes the day ahead, chosen with regard to the weather from a selection of options discussed with the group the previous evening.
Our destinations are varied in terms of scenery and grade but all of our ‘Wilderness Walking’ trips include certain key elements. The chosen walk will take you into a beautiful wilderness area, where wildlife abounds. Your knowledgeable guide will be able to identify any sightings and will take time to share stories of the history, geography and geology of the area with the group, which has a maximum of 8 clients. You will be carrying only a small daypack containing your personal gear, so will finish the route feeling satisfied but not tired out.
At first glance, the Orkney Isles are mainly rural in character but our guides will introduce you to some of the wilder and remote areas such as Hoy while also introducing the incredible historical sites and spectacular coastlines.
On return to the Guest House, there will be time to freshen up with a hot shower before dinner. The chefs use locally-sourced produce to create imaginative and memorable meals, a real highlight of the holiday. After dinner we enjoy a drink, often admiring a Highland sunset before retreating to the lounge to discuss our day and the opportunities for tomorrow.
By the end of the trip, you will leave feeling that you know the area quite intimately. You will have enjoyed a range of high and low level walks, admired magnificent mountain and coastal scenery and laughed a lot during the relaxed evening meals. When the time comes to depart, we do hope that you will find yourself wondering which trip to come on next.

Walking Tour
Meeting: Inverness
Airport:   Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness
Transfer: From Glasgow or Endinburgh to Inverness by train (not included).
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Orkney Isles Wilderness Walk
Tour Code: ZZ-HK-WS02
7 days / 6 nights ~$2,190.00
Dates: May to Sept

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
Hiking, sightseeing, history

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