Orkney Archaeology Tours - for your perfect Orkney holiday.
We offer all-inclusive hotel based small group holidays and private tours led by professional archaeologists who are also qualified Orkney Tourist Guides.
What we offer
We specialize in exclusive tours of Orkney, concentrating on the wonderful archaeology but also showing you as much as possible of our beautiful islands. We offer all-inclusive small group holidays and private tours with specialist archaeologist guides, staying at comfortable hotels serving good local food. There are no hidden extras on our tours – simply relax and unwind and let us take care of everything.
The maximum group size for our holidays is just eight people with all tours conducted in our own comfortable executive touring vehicle. With such a small group we can visit sites off the beaten track and you benefit from the personal touch. This makes our ‘Orkney Adventure’ holidays the ideal way to see the best of Orkney with a small party of like-minded travellers. We have a choice of nineteen arrival dates for our group holidays from May until September, so we’re sure to have something for you.
For early and late season breaks our private tours are ideal - these can be of any length, and at any time outside our group holiday dates (subject to availability).
We are a partnership run by our tour leaders, both professional archaeologists with a selection of degrees in archaeology. We are also accredited Orkney Tourist Guides, holding the Green Badge awarded by the Scottish Tourist Guides Association. We have full professional indemnity, public liability and tour operators insurance, whilst our tour vehicle is fully insured and licensed to carry passengers for hire and reward.
You benefit from our local knowledge since (unlike the majority of operators who send tours to Orkney once or twice a year), we live and work in Orkney all year round. We have in depth knowledge of Orkney’s archaeology, cultural traditions and history – as well as knowing all the best places to see seals, and who makes the best chocolate tiffin in Orkney!
Tour leader Caz Mamwell BSc MA FSA Scot is a professional archaeologist who has worked in archaeology since graduating in 1985. She gained her MA with distinction in Archaeological Practice from University of the Highlands and Islands, and is currently working on a part-time PhD through the University of Edinburgh, researching the Orcadian Bronze Age. Caz also works during the winter when time permits as freelance archaeologist for ORCA – the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology.
Tour leader Dr. Dave Lawrence BSc MSc PhD FSA Scot is a professional archaeologist who has worked in archaeology since graduating in 1985. He specializes in human osteology and palaeopathology, and his PhD was on ‘Orkney’s First Farmers’ researching health and society in the Orcadian Neolithic. Dave is also the osteoarchaeologist for ORCA.
We use the Ayre Hotel in Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital, as the base for all our group holidays. This harbour front hotel has been recently renovated and all rooms are en-suite with a choice of double, twin or large single, with a lift to all floors. You can relax in the evening over a hearty meal prepared using local Orkney produce. On our holidays you are not restricted to the usual basic ‘tour group menu’. You instead have a completely free choice from the hotel’s extensive à la carte menu, with fresh local produce such as hand-dived scallops, crab and salmon or of course a decent steak from one of our wonderful grass fed beef cattle, followed perhaps by Orkney fudge cheesecake.
For our private tours accommodation may vary, depending on room availability when you make your booking with us, but we only use good quality hotels that have been awarded at least three stars under Visit Scotland’s Quality Assurance Scheme.