Our Orkney Experience holiday includes maps, suggested routes, and tips and advice on what to see and do with suggestions of places to visit, andan Orkney Explorer Pass, covering entrance to the main archeological sites.
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 pre-historic 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 50 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 andmemorable 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 mouth-watering 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.