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Its incredibly lengthy history makes the Orkney Islands very special. The main island (Mainland) hosts a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE which includes the breathtaking Standing Stones of Stenness, some up to six metres high. The nearby Neolithic Ring of Brodgar is particularly magical in the evening light – and gained contemporary notoriety when Billy Connolly danced naked through the stones on his “World Tour of Scotland”! Remaining remarkably intact, the 5,000 year old houses at Skara Brae offer a real insight into prehistoric village life. For more local insights, take a look at the Viking runes at atmospheric Maeshowe which prove that graffiti isn’t a 20th century invention!
In more recent times, evocative Scapa Flow contains the melancholy relics of two World Wars and on its banks the beautifully ornate Italian Chapel, constructed by Italian Prisoners of War over 70 years ago, is a moving place to visit.
On the island of Hoy and to the west on Mainland you will find wonderful coastal walks and sea stacks. From May to end of July, you might stumble across cute puffins nesting on Marwick Head.
Your holiday includes a totally unique and memorable day trip – by air, to Papa Westray on the shortest scheduled flight in the world and you’ll even get a certificate to prove you’ve taken the two minute journey! Upon arrival, a local guide will reveal the secrets of this remote, tiny island – including reputedly the oldest stone houses in Europe…
This very popular and recently modernised hotel, located on the outskirts of Kirkwall, has an authentic atmosphere and is traditionally furnished offering you the chance to find out just how comfortable Orkney chairs really are. The restaurant boasts menus packed with local produce: your chance to try lamb with its distinctive flavour due to the seaweed diet of North Ronaldsay sheep, or to sample local seafood including mouthwatering prawns, succulent salmon and delicious stir-fried squid. And you must pop round to see the neighbours – the world famous Highland Park distillery is right next door.
You will travel by ferry from the northern coast of Scotland. Although based on mainland Orkney, this holiday also includes a flying day-trip to tiny Papa Westray.
£750 per person in March, £785 in April & October and £835 per person in May to September.
Prices are based on two people sharing a double room ensuite for five nights (suites also available) on a bed & breakfast basis, and includes the day return flight to Papa Westray with a half day guided tour with a local guide. Ferry travel from the north coast of Scotland is also included for a car and passengers. The longer evening or overnight sailing from/to Aberdeen can also be arranged at an additional cost, which may suit if you prefer to travel by train to Aberdeen then take the ferry. We can then arrange car hire from Kirkwall.
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.
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Last month I was in Orkney for the first time. I have never been that far north before. I flew from Glasgow to Kirkwall, the main town, instead of tak...
My favourite memory was the memorable day trip to Papa Westray...wonderful to see the islands from the air. The holiday worked brilliantly.Philip, Julie & Jessica, Ilkley, England
We discovered so many beautifully quiet, white sand beaches with turquoise water along the shore.Diane, Devon, UK