On this tour you’ll depart Kirkwall and head to the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. This tour passes through a gentle, rolling landscape and into the ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney’, an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. After passing the Standing Stones of Stenness you will stop at the Ring of Brodgar, a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years. You’ll then continue on to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, which has been beautifully interpreted in the visitor’s center At Skara Brae you’ll see the remarkable dwellings that were revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.
From here it is only very short walk (under 1/4 mile) to visit Skaill House, Orkney’s finest manor. Skaill House was built by Bishop George Graham in 1620 on the site of a farmstead thought to date to the Norse period. In its 400-year history all 12 of its lairds (Scottish for ‘lords’) have been related and all have contributed to the house's history and the items collected and displayed there.
Then you’ll return to your coach and continue on a circular route, following the coastline of Scapa Flow, made famous for its role in both world wars.
- Entrance fee to Skara Brae and Skraill House are included
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 290
- Comfortable and sturdy shoes are recommended
- Wheelchairs access: It is not possible to use wheelchairs at Ring of Brodgar because of the soft ground, and wheelchair access at Skaill House is limited. Skara Brae is fully accessible by wheelchair, however we request that that any guests using wheelchairs be accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility during the tour.