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Savour the unique atmosphere of Orkney with its rich archaeological heritage, thrilling seascapes and top-quality local produce.

The seventy or so green and fertile islands in the Orkney archipelago are steeped in a unique heritage, which makes them quite different to any other part of Scotland. Virtually every first-time visitor to Orkney experiences a kind of ancient culture shock - a bewildering succession of impressions, where the extraordinary is commonplace, and the commonplace is often extraordinary.

 

Orkney offers history, archaeology, wildlife, crafts, peace and tranquillity - all set amid clean fresh air - coupled with the warmth and friendliness of the local people who are famous for their hospitality.

Our tour of mainland Orkney is a journey through time. The Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel are poignant reminders of Orkney’s more recent past while Maeshowe and Skara Brae take us much further back, to the very dawn of human settlement in these islands.

A Grand Orkney Buffet celebrating the best local produce is included during our stay at the Kirkwall Hotel.

Available departure dates and prices

5-Sep-2014   £435.00
 

Savour the unique atmosphere of Orkney with its rich archaeological heritage, thrilling seascapes and top-quality local produce.

Day 1 

We depart by coach from our local departure points and travel north, stopping en-route for refreshments.  We will continue to Scrabster in time to catch the evening Serco Northlink ferry to Stromness where dinner will be served in the restaurant on board the ‘Hamnavoe’.  On arrival in Orkney we will transfer the short distance to Kirkwall where accommodation has been arranged at the comfortable Kirkwall Hotel, overlooking the harbour.

Day 2 

Enjoy your full Scottish breakfast. We depart this morning on a tour of the south end of mainland Orkney, crossing the Churchill Barriers which were built after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak in October 1939.  The causeways are built of 5 and 10 ton concrete blocks and have good roads on the top connecting Burray and South Ronaldsay to the Orkney mainland.  We also stop off at the beautiful Italian Chapel, built on the site of a former prisoner of war camp.  Several hundred Italians, captured during the North African campaign of World War II were sent here to work on the Causeways and converted two huts into a chapel.  The marvellous paintings in the interior were done by Domenico Chiocchetti, one of the prisoners who has returned several times to restore and repaint parts of the building.

We round off the day with a visit to the Orkney Winery. The Orkney Wine Company produce traditional fruit wines and liqueurs. They believe in doing everything as naturally as possible, allowing them to produce healthy sulphur free wines that are full of anti-oxidants. We will enjoy a guided tour of the Winery followed by a chance to sample a few of their products.

In the evening we have arranged a "Grand Orkney Buffet" at the hotel.

 

We round off the day with a visit to the Orkney Winery. The Orkney Wine Company produce traditional fruit wines and liqueurs. They believe in doing everything as naturally as possible, allowing them to produce healthy sulphur free wines that are full of anti-oxidants. We will enjoy a guided tour of the Winery followed by a chance to sample a few of their products.

In the evening we have arranged a "Grand Orkney Buffet" at the hotel.

Day 3 

Enjoy your full Scottish breakfast. Today we have an all day excursion of mainland Orkney visiting the many archaeological sites including Maeshowe, the finest chambered tomb in Western Europe.  Built before 2700 B.C. Maeshowe was raided by Vikings in the 12th Century.  It houses the largest collection of runic inscriptions to be found in any one place in the world; Skara Brae, with its new visitor centre depicting the history of this world famous monument; and the Standing Stones of Stenness, lying to the north side of the Orphir Hills.

Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening or, alternatively, you may wish to take up the option of dinner at Alan and Joyce Craigie’s superb Creel Restaurant at St Margaret’s Hope. Local produce is used whenever possible, including the freshest of local fish – wolf-fish, megrim, torsk and sea-witch being some of the more unusual species available. Add to this organic salmon, prime Orkney beef and seaweed-fed lamb from North Ronaldsay, locally grown vegetables and fruit, together with the ales and whiskies of the islands and some carefully chosen wines, and you have the ingredients for a truly memorable dinner.

Day 4 

After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and transfer to Stromness to catch the morning ferry to Scrabster.  On arrival in Scrabster we will return to your original pick up point.

Included in the price

  • 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast and 1 night bed and breakfast at the Kirkwall Hotel, Orkney
  • 1 dinner on board Serco Northlink ferry to Orkney
  • Grand Orkney Buffet
  • Guided tours of Orkney, including the Churchill Barriers and Italian Chapel and the archaeological sites at Skara Brae and Maeshowe
  • Entry to the Orkney Winery
  • Return coach and ferry travel
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour guide

 

Not included (per person)

  • Single supplement                £60.00
  • Jun, Jul & Sep  Supplement   £40.00
  • Insurance                             £17.50 (under 65); £35.00 (65-74); £52.50 (75-90)
  • Optional dinner at the Creel Restaurant
  • Rail/air travel and overnight accommodation in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth before or after the tour available on request

Please also note that identification is now required by Serco Northlink Ferries and you will require to bring with you either a passport, photo driving licence or concessionary card (e.g. photo bus pass).

 

The same 3-night package is available by air from London from £495pp (single supplement £60pp)

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

Depart Return
Glasgow (Millennium Hotel, George Square) 0715 2045
Edinburgh (Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road) 0830 1930
Dunfermline (outside Carnegie College) 0900 1900
Kinross (Kinross Services) 0915 1845
Perth (Bus stop on Canal Street, Tay Street end) 0930 1830
Inverness ( outside Inverness Thistle Hotel) 1430 1530
The following pick-ups will be served by feeder coach or taxi and passengers will join/leave the main coach in Perth:
Montrose (outside Railway Station) 0805 1955
Arbroath (Railway Station) 0825 1935
Dundee (outside Discovery Point) 0845 1915
Subject to minimum numbers, the following pick-up will be served by feeder coach to/from Inverness:
Aberdeen (Opposite Denburn Carpark) 1130 1830

 

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the archaeological tour to the Outer Hebrides, the driver and guide made the holiday a great success

Mr and Mrs Sutherland, Dundee

Pauline our Tour Manager was a wee star, her personality and knowledge make the Highlands come alive.

Mrs Wilson

The staff at our hotel on Islay were young and keen, very pleasant and helpful indeed.

Mr and Mrs Turner
 
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