Yesnaby to Skara Brae
Scenic hike with local expert guides
Visit Orkney’s largest Island.
Beautifully sculptured scenery
Visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae.
Level 4: Hard
Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable walking boots
Depart Kirkwall and head into the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. This tour passes through a gentle rolling landscape and on to the dramatic west coast of Orkney. Behold the full force of the Atlantic Ocean as it pounds the beautifully sculpted coast line. Arriving at Yesnaby (a beautiful local spot) we will depart on a hike along the clifftops with our local expert guides. We will pass Iron Age Brochs, sea stacks, and coves. Along the way, we will pause to admire the local plant and animal life.
Our hike ends with a descent into the sweep of Skaill Bay and a visit to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the visitor center. See the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.
Our bus will then pick us up from Skara Brae and bring us back to the ship, first passing through the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney. This area is designated as a World Heritage Site, due to its wealth of pre-historic archeology.
Remarks/requirements: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable walking boots
Walking information: Guests must be fit and able walkers. We recommend wearing walking boots and waterproof clothing. Soft, uneven ground along the clifftops Around 2 hours of total walking