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Flotta: A Hidden Gem

Join us for a special day trip to the island of Flotta where we will explore the island on foot, watching out for all the wonderful wildlife that inhabits the island, including seals, Arctic skuas, damselflies, butterflies and wildflowers.

Our island adventure starts with the ferry crossing from Houton which goes via Lyness on Hoy. From the ferry we will keep an eye out for seabirds and cetaceans.

Once on Flotta, we will explore the naval cinema and plantation, before enjoying a leisurely walk around the island taking in the wartime heritage, beautiful scenery and a variety of wildlife. There are 2 different walk routes that we do depending on the time of year, so as to avoid causing disturbance to breeding birds. Our walk will end back at the pier, ready for the return ferry journey to Houton. Walk length approx 5-8 miles at a leisurely pace.

This is a full day out so please come prepared with a packed lunch and enough food/drink to last you the whole day. Walking boots are recommended and please bring/wear warm, waterproof clothing. Even in summer, there can be a chill to the wind! Please bring your own binoculars if you have them and a camera too.

Monday to Friday – meet at Houton 07.40am and return to Houton at 5.15pm

Sundays (June to August) – meet at Houton 10.10am and return to Houton at 6.50pm

The price for the day includes the ferry fare.

NB This walk must be booked at least 2 days in advance to allow time to book the ferry.

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From £85 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

April — October

Contact details

Wild Orkney Walks

KW17 2RD

Key facilities

  • Parking

Tour information


  • Flotta
  • Houton
  • Orphir


1 Day


  • Boat
  • Walking


  • Bespoke
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Island Hopping
  • Landscapes
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Walking
  • Walking/Hiking
  • Wildlife

Covid 19 Facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Capacity limit
  • Contactless payment possible
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Outside seating

Tour prices

From £85 Per Adult £42.50 Per Adult

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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Wild Orkney Walks

Tour company information

Wild Orkney Walks

Wild Orkney Walks offers guided walks all year round. The walks cover a variety of habitats, from busy seabird cliffs and stunning coastline, to colourful wildflower meadows and white sandy beaches. Whether you would like to see Hen Harriers, Primula Scotica, our charismatic Puffins, or even some of our winter specialities like the Mountain Hares or Long Tailed Ducks, there will be a walk to suit you. We are now offering a combination of mixed group walks for up to 6 people or Bespoke walks.

Opening times

Open Daily 9am - 10pm

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