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Kirbuster Farm, Orkney

Orkney Archaeology Tours - Orkney Experience

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September — April

Private all-inclusive 6-night, 5-day tour led by archaeologists, visiting Rousay, Hoy & Mainland Orkney Available from mid-September to late April. From May - September we offer all-inclusive small group holidays, please see our website for details.

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 private tours and small group holidays 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.

Our 6-night, 5-day 'Orkney Experience''Orkney Insights' archaeology tour which shows you the best of the Orkney Mainland, and the linked South Isles including the Churchill Barriers.

We also offer a 4-night, 3-day 'Orkney Insights' archaeology tour, which shows you the best of the Orkney Mainland, and the linked South Isles including the Churchill Barriers. We can customise a private tour to your exact requirements. In the main holiday season we offer all-inclusive small group holidays. If you have limited time in Orkney or would like to arrange your own accommodation we can also offer private day tours.

6-night, 5-day ‘Orkney Experience’ Itinerary

Day 1: arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2: Mainland Orkney travel round Scapa Flow to the Earl’s Bu and Round Kirk, Skara Brae, Skaill House, Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar.

Day 3: Island of Rousay Midhowe cairn, Midhowe Broch, Taversoe Tuick cairn and Blackhammer cairn.

Day 4: Mainland Orkney Rennibister Earth-house, Cuween Cairn, the Churchill Barriers, the Italian Chapel and St. Magnus’ Cathedral.

Day 5: Island of Hoy Martello tower and Hackness Battery, the Dwarfie Stane and Lyness Visitor Centre or Rackwick Bay. This trip could include the spectacular scenic walk to the Old Man of Hoy sea stack, combined with either the Dwarfie Stane or the Lyness Visitor Centre or Rackwick Bay.

Day 6: Mainland Orkney visit the Broch of Gurness, Kirbuster Farm Museum, the Brough of Birsay and the Earl’s Palace Birsay. 

Day 7: depart

Accommodation

We use the Ayre Hotel in Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital, as the base for all our group holidays and private tours. 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 and Orkney ice cream. Please note we cannot be held responsible for any weight you may gain during your holiday with us!

About Us

Tour leader Dr Caz Mamwell BSc MA PhD FSA Scot is a professional archaeologist who has worked in archaeology since graduating from the University of Bradford in 1985. She gained her MA (with distinction) in Archaeological Practice from University of the Highlands and Islands. Her PhD research on the Orcadian Bronze Age was undertaken through the University of Edinburgh, resulting in a thesis entitled 'It rained a lot and nothing much happened: Settlement and Society in Bronze Age Orkney'.  

Tour leader Dr Dave Lawrence BSc MSc PhD FSA Scot is a professional archaeologist who has worked in archaeology since graduating from the University of Bradford in 1985, where he returned to complete an MSc (with distinction) in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology (he also has an MSc in Marine Resource Management from Heriot Watt University). His PhD, also with the University of Bradford, was entitled 'Orkney’s First Farmers: Reconstructing biographies from osteological analysis to gain insights into life and society in a Neolithic community on the edge of Atlantic Europe'. Dave is also the osteoarchaeologist for ORCA – the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology.

Please visit our website for more information and brochures

Contact details

Orkney Archaeology Tours
Bayview
Birsay
Orkney
Scotland
KW17 2LR
Starting
Kirkwall Orkney Stromness
Length
6
Days
Transport
Driver guide
Type
Bespoke Private
Languages
English
Themes
Archaeology History Island Hopping

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Orkney Archaeology Tours

We are the only tour company in Orkney to be run by archaeologists, who live and work here all year round and have in depth understanding of Orkney’s archaeology, cultural traditions and history. 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, 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.

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All year

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