Tasting Orkney Tour

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Orkney is renowned for the high-quality food and drink being produced here at 59 degrees north.  This tour will give you the opportunity to taste much of the locally produced delights and you will hear what makes Orkney such a successful place.  During the tour we will be stopping regularly to taste many locally produced foods and drinks.

Highland Park Distillery is the most northerly placed distillery in the world and was first established by a local smuggler, Magnus Eunson.  Hear about how the Viking influence in Orkney is also now influencing this beautiful whisky.

Highland Park Stillhouse - Photo by Charles Tait

Heading west we will visit ‘The Garden of Orkney’ and the only working Watermill, once every parish (area) would have had their own community mill.  At the Barony Mill a locally grown traditional Bere Barley is milled producing Beremeal the main ingredient to bread and bannocks, quite delicious when eaten with Orkney butter and cheese.

Barony Mill - Photo by Charles Tait

A quick visit to the Brough of Birsay to hear about the importance of this site during the Viking rule in Orkney before heading to visit of a farm museum where you will hear about the way life was in Orkney during the 19th and 20th centuries.

A taste of locally brewed beer will help quench your thirst after touring the Orkney Brewery

Going across to the parish of Stenness we will stop for an Orkney Lunch.

After lunch we will visit a Neolithic site situated between two lochs and where ‘Brown Trout’ are regularly fished by locals, visitors and seals!

Sandwick - Photo by Charles Tait

Arriving back in Kirkwall we will visit a newly established Gin Distillery, Kirkjuvagr (the Old Norse name for Kirkwall).  Looking out onto Kirkwall Pier you will see busy ferries and fishing boats while tasting this lovely locally made gin.

Finish off our tour with a visit to the St Magnus Cathedral before free time to enjoy the Kirkwall shops where you will have more chances to buy local produce.

Shopping in Kirkwall - Photo by Charles TaitCattle - Photo by Charles TaitKirkwall City Pipe Band at the County Show - photo by Charles TaitUnstan Ware - photo by Charles Tait

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Happy Visitors

  • “So glad we got Lizzie as our tour guide, she was really enthusiastic about Orkney and this certainly rubbed off on us as we were taken to amazing places. We can see why Lizzie loves her home. Thanks for making our visit to Orkney so enjoyable and memorable.”

    — Jack and Audrey, Melbourne, Australia – 2017

  • “We only had a peedie visit to Orkney but had a great time with Lizzie as our guide. She even taught us some Orcadian words!”

    — Peter & Jack

  • “We want to come back! Had a great day with Lizzie, she certainly made sure we had a fantastic tour, love Orkney.”

    — Paula and Donna, New York – Aug 17

  • “Lizzie’s wonderful accent, her engaging personality and local knowledge has resulted in a great Orkney experience, thank you so much.”

    — Colin and Linda, Cornwall – July 2017

  • “Spending the morning visiting and learning about Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar was wonderful and made even more special with Lizzie whose warm personality shone through.”

    — J & G Buckland, Dorset – June 2017

  • “Thanks Lizzie I had a brilliant day, being my first time on a tour I now want to do more.“

    — Anne Bryan, Hampshire – June 2017

  • “Our tour with Lizzie was a wonderful and magical experience. We have learnt so much and will be back for sure!”

    — Maggie from Dublin