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Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination: Scotland  
Category: Hiking and walking outfitters
Season: May - September
Min Price: 825 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person
Max Price: 825 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person

The Orkney Islands are a beautiful cluster of islands located off the northern-most tip of Scotland. Our knowledgeable guides will introduce you to the very best hiking, wildlife and historical sites.

Please note that the April date has a particular focus on birdlife and has been timed to coincide with the best season for this.

Day 1 – Arrival in Orkney Islands
Our journey to the Orkney Islands follows the north-east coast of the Highlands and onwards over the Pentland Firth. Our accommodation is situated nearby the major archaeological sites which secure the intrigue of these islands.

Day 2 – Rousay and the Mid Howe Broch
We drive to the Eynhallow Sound and take a local ferry to the island of Rousay. We enjoy two short walks here – the Westness Walk to the Mid Howe broch and a superb moorland walk around Faraclett Head. (8 km, 4 hrs)

Day 3 – The Gloup and Mull Head
The walk starts at The Gloup, a partially collapsed sea cave from where we head north along the coast to Mull Head. Before returning to Kirkwall we visit the Italian Chapel, two Nissen huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war. (9 km, 4 hrs)

Day 4 – The Old Man of Hoy. Scapa Flow and Rackwick Bay
A short drive along the edge of Scapa Flow takes us to Houton where we catch the ferry to the island of Hoy. Here we walk to the famous Old Man of Hoy and some of Britain’s highest seacliffs before returning to Rackwick Bay. (10 km, 5 hrs)

Day 5 – Stromness, Ring of Brodgar, Maes Howe and the Sand of Warebeth
We follow a coastal path from Stromness to The Ness before heading west for the Sand of Warebeth. Afterwards we may visit the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe. (12 km, 5 hrs)

Day 6 – Brough Head to Marwick Head, Scara Brae
From Brough Head, a superb walk follows the coast south to Marwick Head - one of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Isles. Afterwards we visit the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it. (12 km, 5 hrs)

Day 7 – Return to Inverness
Following breakfast, we will return Southwards to the mainland and Inverness, via the rugged coastal scenery of the Northern tip of Scotland.

Notes:
2008 DATES: 10-16 May; 26 July - 1 August; 6-12 September
GRADING: Easy
Please note - price excludes travel to Inverness where trip starts and ends

Please note that the itinerary above is an intended programme only. The order of daily walks/activities may be amended and alternative routes may be selected at the guide’s discretion.

Start: Inverness 0900 hours
Finish: Inverness 1700 hours

Supplier Information
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Location: Scotland
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2005
Client Request Served: 183

M06118 was started in September 2000 by Neil Birnie, Paul Easto and Gordon Birnie. Passionate about wild places, they shared a desire to introduce others to the amazing wilderness regions of Scotland. M06118 set out to create a range of experiences which would reveal the hidden delights of our country and offer...

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