This country is home to beautiful wildernesses with historic landscapes of high mountains and remote glens, drawing walkers in to explore its wonders, time after time. There is no end of hilly terrains, striking views and incredible natural features to discover in Scotland. However, walks in this outstanding country aren’t limited to mountainous landscapes and natural marvels: when rambling in the Orkney Islands, you’ll also pass remarkable sites of archaeological and historical significance.
This archipelago of around 70 islands features some of the best archaeological sites in Europe, with neolithic relics dating back over 5,000 years. This includes Neolithic landmarks like the Ring of Brodgar - a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of 27 stones, once used as part of an enormous prehistoric ritual. There are more prehistoric spectacles nearby in the form of the prehistoric village of Skara Brae - last occupied back in 2500 BC, being Europe’s most complete Neolithic village. With all of this to uncover, rambling in Scotland is as enlightening as it is beautiful.
Why Book a Walking Holiday in Scotland?
Exploring scenic Scotland is extra special when done on foot, on a Ramblers’ walking holiday. Scotland is encompassed by nearly 7,000 miles of coastline and hundreds of islands, providing endlessly changing vistas that will take your breath away. In this land of contrasts, the Orkney Islands have a distinctly Nordic feel and offer particularly wonderful coastal walking. Orkney’s walking trails also pass the Old Man of Hoy - a red sandstone sea stack, standing proudly against the Atlantic. For birdwatchers, this landscape is unsurpassed, with an amazing range of seabird species gracing its cliffs and beaches on a regular basis.
Outdoors lovers will get an unobscured view of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery, while hiking its most impressive routes and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Walkers will be accompanied by one of our expert leaders on each of our trails, ensuring you enjoy safe walks throughout your holiday, while sharing their expert knowledge about the passing scenery with you. We restrict all of our walking groups to a small size, too, allowing all of our ramblers to experience a sociable and personable walking holiday.