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See Orkney Differently

The Isle of Hoy

Best Time To Go

Apr - Oct

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spend a night or more in Thurso to explore?

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The Isle of Hoy

See Orkney Differently

Best Time To Go

Apr - Oct

Why not...

spend a night or more in Thurso to explore?

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No of Nights


Explore Orkney on this unique three centre trip, including the islands of Rousay and Westray.

“I felt impatient to be down among the surrounding islands of the Orcadian archipelago – green and treeless, suspended between endless ocean and endless skies and profoundly connected to deep history.” – Nigel Richardson, The Telegraph, July 2019.

Our carefully-designed, three-centre island holiday gives you the chance to fully explore a portion of one of the most enthralling parts of the British Isles.

Although only a few miles north of Scotland’s mainland, Orkney has a feel all its own, with history stretching back to ancient times encompassing stone-age, Pict and Viking heritage, fabulously intimidating cliffs and pinnacles rising from the sea, gorgeous sandy beaches and a wealth of wildlife on land, in the sea and in the air.

With 70 islands in all, seeing each would take a little longer than the seven nights on offer here, but visits to Orkney Mainland and the islands of Rousay and Westray deliver an authentic Orcadian experience, with leisurely ferry crossings and an exhilarating flight in an eight-seater aeroplane all part of the adventure.

The holiday can easily be adapted for those who prefer to fly to Orkney, and for those who prefer not to hire a car and use public transport. If you don’t have a full week to spend, take a look at our quick and convenient Orkney Fly-drive holiday, or the slightly longer Orkney Experience. If this is a once in a lifetime trip, take your time and combine with the UK’s other northerly outpost and explore Complete Orkney & Shetland.

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Day One – Journey to Orkney

Day Two – An Expert Guided Tour of Mainland

Day Three – More of Magical Mainland

Day Four – Over the Sea to Rousay

Day Five – Waking Up on Rousay

Day Six – Go Westray!

Day Seven – The Wonders of Westray

Day Eight – Homeward Bound


This holiday has three bases, Kirkwall, and the islands of Rousay and Westray.


£1185 per person for April & October, £1275 per person for May to September.

Prices based on two sharing double or twin ensuite rooms for seven nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

Includes ferry travel for car and passengers to Orkney from the Scottish mainland.  Return ferries for car and passengers is also included to the island of Rousay, as well as flights to and from the island of Westray. We also include full day small group guided tours on the Orkney mainland, the island of Rousay, and the island of Westray.

The holiday can easily be adapted for those who prefer to fly to Orkney, for a supplement of £450 per person, to included return flights to Orkney from Edinburgh or Glasgow and car hire for the time on the Orkney mainland and Rousay.

We can also adapt the trip for those who prefer to use public transport. Contact us for more details.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

Please note that due to conditions imposed on our supplier by insurance companies, the maximum age for a driver on this holiday is 78.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

We work hard to make sure the unexpected doesn’t affect your trip. On rare occasions, changes or cancellations may occur, affecting accommodation, transport or excursions. We are committed to informing you of any such circumstances and will use our knowledge and resources to offer suitable alternatives wherever possible.

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