The Orkney Tour

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Here is a tour to give you a taste of the many aspects of Orkney which makes this a rich and diverse place to live and of course visit.

Visit the Italian Chapel hearing about the building of the 4 Churchill Barriers and the influence 1300 Italian Prisoners of War had on both the building and the local community during WW2.

Italian Chapel interior - photo by Charles Tait

Head back to Kirkwall and visit the Highland Park Distillery.  Touring the most northerly distillery in the world where you will hear about the founder, Magnus Eunson, and why a locally sourced fuel called ‘peat’ is such an important factor in creating one of the world’s best whisky.

Highland Park - photo by Charles TaitHighland Park Cask - photo by Charles Tait

The St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is our next stop, where you will be able to hear about the Viking rule in Orkney and how important this magnificent building was back in the 12th century right up to today.

Driving out of Kirkwall we will follow the coastline of Scapa Flow when you will hear about the importance of this natural deep anchorage.

Redshank at Scapa - photo by Charles Tait

Heading out towards the World Heritage Site we will visit the Standing Stones of Stenness and the remains of a Neolithic village situated next door.

Passing the Ness of Brodgar we will stop at The Ring of Brodgar placed between two lochs and an important site for both our Neolithic and Bronze age forefathers.

Setting sun at the Standing Stones - photo by Charles Tait

Heading further west you will hear about the island’s history over the past 5000 years which includes the Viking influence.  The Brough of Birsay is a great stop and when the tide fits we can cross the tidal causeway to visit this attractive green island. 

Viking settlement at Brough of Birsay - photo by Charles Tait

Stepping into the Iron Age we will visit the Broch of Gurness which looks across to the ‘Egypt of the North’ known as the island of Rousay. 

Heading back into Kirkwall we will take a look at a Neolithic burial site with the most beautiful views across the Bay of Firth.

Agriculture and tourism - photo by Charles Tait

  • Orkney World Heritage Tour

  • Orkney Pre-History Tour

  • Scapa Flow Tour

  • Tasting Orkney Tour

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