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Orkney Islands Hike in a Small Group
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Orkney Islands Hike in a Small Group

Small group tour
2
10 days
3 cities
2nights

Inverness, United Kingdom

The capital of the renown Scottish Highlands, Inverness is the northernmost city of the United Kingdom. Connected to the famous legend about the Loch Ness Monster (Lake Ness is less than 6 miles away), Inverness is an attraction in its own right, boasting numerous castles, churches, and bearing great historical value....
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to Inverness! Upon arrival, you have a transfer to your centrally-located hotel.

    After check-in the rest of the day is at your own leisure.

    Day 2: Private Tour Wildlife of the Black Isle
    Following breakfast in your hotel, meet your guide-driver for a full day private tour.

    Immerse into the fantastic nature of Scotish lands and set off on the wildlife watching on the Black Isle. Together with your private guide, you travel to Charnomy Ness to take a chance to witness all sorts of interesting animals and plants on the way. 

    Once at Chanonry Ness, you proceed to see the Bottlenosed Dolphins as local surroundings are the best place in Europe to do that, especially during the summertime. Then you head up into the fantastic woodland at Fairy Glen, a perfect place to observe wild seabirds and raptors above the sea cliffs of Rosemarkie. Hike distance 6 km (4 mi), walking time 2-3 hours.

    Afterwards, you are transferred back to Inverness and have evening at leisure.

    Day 3: Setting off on the Orkney Islands Small Group Hike
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and have a transfer to the station.

    Note: group departures from Inverness in the afternoon.

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    Kingsmills Hotel
    4-star hotel
    GB, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP
    Kingsmills Hotel
    Classic Room Breakfast Included
    Housed in an 18th-century mansion, this hotel is a 15-minute walk away from Inverness Castle. Contemporary rooms offer flat-screen TVs, complementary Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms feature balconies. Other amenities include a pool, a sauna, a steam room, as well as a fitness center. ... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
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Connection | Inverness - Kirkwall
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You meet your group and start a journey north. Your route today follows the north-east coast of the Highlands and onwards over the Pentland Firth. In the late afternoon you arrive to Orkney where you visit the Italian Chapel that consisits of two Nissen huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war. Afterwards you arrive to Kirkwall hotel.

Inverness Station
Inverness, United Kingdom
5 h
Kirkwall hotel
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom
6nights

Kirkwall, United Kingdom

The largest city of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is a Scottish town which reflects the period of Vikings. The medieval land is home to the most famous 12th-century Norse cathedral of St Magnus as well as the palaces of Bishop and Earl, and the Orkney Museum. Moreover, Kirkwall is a tourist-friendly town, with numerous hotels and restaurants with tasty food....
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    Day 3: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel located nearby to the major archaeological sites on the island. In the evening you enjoy welcome meeting with your group.

    Additional meals: dinner

    Day 4: Exploring the Rousay Island
    After breakfast you have a transfer to the Eynhallow Sound and take a local ferry to the island of Rousay. 

    Rousay is the sixth largest island of the Orkney Islands. It is often called "the Egypt of the north" because of its archaeological diversity and importance. During the tour you enjoy the Westness Walk to the Mid Howe broch, that is a well-defended settlement dating back to Iron Age. You continue with an enjoyable Faraclett Head walk that offers the scenic cliff views.

    After the tour you return to Kirkwall hotel. 

    Hiking distance is approximately 8 km (5 mi), duration is about 4 hours.

    Additional meals: lunch

    Day 5: Mull Head Walk
    After breakfast your group hike starts at the Gloup, a dramatic partially collapsed sea cave in the Mull Head Nature Reserve. You continue your walk north along the coastline to admire scenic heath, sea cliffs and coastal grassland.

    Afterwards you return to your hotel and enjoy lunch and dinner. 

    Hiking distance is approximately 9 km (6 mi), duration is about 4 hours.

    Additional meals: lunch & dinner

    Day 6: Hiking on Hoy Island
    Following breakfast you take a short drive along the edge of Scapa Flow to Stromness, where you catch a ferry to the island of Hoy. 

    Hoy is Orkney's second largest island. It is famous for its mountainous moorland and glacial valleys. You follow a trail called Old Man of Hoy and explore some of Britain’s highest sea cliffs before returning to Rackwick Bay.

    In the evening you have dinner in a local pub or restaurant on the way back to Kirkwall (dinner not included). 

    Hiking distance is approximately 10 km (6 mi), duration is about 5 hours.

    Additional meals: lunch

    Day 7: Hike from Brough Head to Marwick Head
    In the morning you head for Skara Brae prehistoric village, a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill. Skara Brae was discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it. 

    Next on your list is a wonderful walk from Brough Head following the coast south to Marwick Head. Here you have a chance to see one of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Isles. After the tour you return to Kirkwall hotel. 

    Hiking distance is approximately 6 km (3.5 mi), duration is about 2-3 hours.

    Additional meals: lunch

    Day 8: Ring of Brodgar & Stromness Walk
    Following breakfast you have one more Orkney hiking adventure.

    You start with visiting the historic Ring of Brodgar that is a Neolithic henge and stone circle. Ring of Brodgar is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

    You continue to Standing Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe. Next you follow a coastal path from Stromness to the Ness before walking west for the Sand of Warebeth. Afterwards you return to Kirkwall hotel.

    Hiking distance is approximately 8 km (5 mi), duration is about 3 hours.

    Additional meals: lunch, dinner

    Day 9: Departure
    After breakfast you check out and depart from Kirkwall.

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    The Lynnfield Hotel
    4-star hotel
    The Lynnfield Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Set in Kirkwall town, the 4-star Lynnfield Hotel offers decorated in classical style rooms. All guest rooms are equipped with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. Also, guests are welcome to enjoy the local dishes at the restaurant and relax in the garden.... show more
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Connection | Kirkwall - Inverness
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You have a group transfer back to the mainland and Inverness. On the way you admire the mystical coastal scenery once again. Additional meals: lunch
Kirkwall hotel
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom
4 h 30 min
Inverness Station
Inverness, United Kingdom
1night

Inverness, United Kingdom

The capital of the renown Scottish Highlands, Inverness is the northernmost city of the United Kingdom. Connected to the famous legend about the Loch Ness Monster (Lake Ness is less than 6 miles away), Inverness is an attraction in its own right, boasting numerous castles, churches, and bearing great historical value....
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    Day 9: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you check in at the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

    Note: group arrives to Inverness in the late afternoon.

    Day 10: Departure
    This is the last day of your tour.  Following breakfast, you check out and have a departure transfer to Inverness airport. 

    We hope you enjoyed your hiking adventure and wish to work on your future trips!

    Please, note: you can continue your tour in Scotland and explore its magnificent castles and lochs. Contact your travel specialist for details.

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    Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel
    4-star hotel
    GB, 20 Ness Bank,, Inverness, IV2 4SF
    Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel
    Club Double Room Breakfast Included
    Set in the heart of the city and opposite the River Ness, this posh hotel is moments away from Inverness Cathedral. Sophisticated, inviting rooms feature luxe linens and down bedding , along with complementary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffee making equipment. Upgraded rooms offer additional space and/or river views.... show more
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Inverness and Kirkwall (Orkney Islands);
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to itinerary;
  • Private airport and city transfers in Inverness;
  • Wildlife of the Black Isle tour with private guide-driver
  • Small group touring: up to 8 travelers for the tours on Orkney Islands with professional guide-driver;
  • Group transportation on Orkney Islands and for the transfers between Inverness and Orkney Islands;
  • Tickets on public ferries for the tours and transfers on Orkney Islands;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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