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ORKNEY ISLANDS

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The Orkney Islands have something for everyone. There's stunning coastal walking, fascinating history, World Heritage archaeological sites and beautiful scenery.
  • Product Code 75007
  • Holiday Type Bird Watching & Walking, Rich In Wildlife Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays The Orkney Islands

The gentle scent of salt sea air permeates the atmosphere on Orkney. The classic harbour sounds of seagulls, yachts, and fishing boats unloading all create a sense of the surrounding sea that remains with you when you walk amongst evidence of human habitation since the beginning of time. Roam the margins between sea and land, along deserted cliffs or welcoming villages, across treeless landscapes dotted with monuments to man’s interaction with these remote places. Orkney is a unique and mystical place.

We stay in the village of Stromness to take advantage of the stunning coastal walking opportunities. Our programme offers both the naturalist and historian a full and exciting week filled with visual delights.

We walk to the Kitchener Memorial, Wideford Hill burial chamber, and (subject to ferries) the Old Man of Hoy. We plan to include walking tours of Kirkwall, Stromness and Birsay, and visits to the Ring of Brodgar, RSPB sites and the Islands of Hoy, Burray and South Ronaldsay.

Birdwatching on Orkney

Orkney has more RSPB reserves than anywhere else in Britain and a wide variety of habitats and birds to observe. May is a great month to visit. Breeding birds have arrived and migrant birds are passing through. Huge colonies of seabirds are nesting on the cliffs and moors, wetlands and crofts. During our numerous walks hopefully you’ll see puffin, gannet, guillemot, razorbills and tysties on the cliffs, waders on the mudflats, Eider ducks and other divers in the wetlands and Great Arctic Skua, Short-eared owl and Hen Harrier on the moorlands.

The departures on 28 April and 05 May will allow you to discover the best of the island's birds and other wildlife.



Holiday Highlights

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:
  • The Ring of Brodgar - 27 standing stones
  • Skara Brae
  • The Stones of Stenness
  • The walk to the Old Man of Hoy – look out for Bonxies!
  • Fresh Air! Orkney has an unlimited supply!

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

     

    PRICE INCLUDES:

      Half board en-suite accommodation
      Return flights from Edinburgh and airport transfers.
      Local Transport
      Services of a dedicated tour leader
    Price based on sharing a twin room with private facilities. Supplement for single room £28

    [Please note: Flights to and from Kirkwall can on (rare) occasion be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, in which case it may be necessary to travel by ferry.]


Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/Birdwatching

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

Includes return flights from Edinburgh and transfers between Kirkwall airport and our hotel. Kirkwall airport is 16 miles from Stromness.

Flights: Edinburgh – Kirkwall (about 1hr 15mins) with Flybe.

Provisional times: Outward Depart/ Return Arrival 1435/1345.

UK add on flights are available from £130 return with British Airways.

Please note that flights to and from Kirkwall can on rare occasions be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, in which case it may be necessary to travel by ferry.
Nearest ferry harbours: Stromness or Kirkwall.

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The Stromness Hotel

We stay at the very comfortable three-star Stromness Hotel in the heart of the village, overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour and Scapa Flow. The hotel has a cosy bar and lounge with views over the harbour and over 100 malt whiskies to choose from. The restaurant uses a variety of locally produced high quality food and drink. Breakfast includes a full Scottish option! Accommodation is half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Please note that lunches are not included on this holiday. Bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, TVs and are en-suite with some rooms have baths instead of showers. Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.


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