Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands

Guided walking holiday in Scotland

From £ 1935.- / 7 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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This incredible guided walking holiday provides an unforgettable journey to the Orkney Isles, an archipelago of some 70 small islands and skerries north of the Scottish mainland. This mysterious place of long days and colourful night skies is home to a wealth of sea life and sea birds, not forgetting the remarkable flora of the islands.
Orkney has a fascinating history and culture that has evolved over thousands of years, shaped by invasions and occupations, isolation and extremity. In the company of your highly knowledgeable guide you will walk in the wildest places of Orkney, exploring not only the physical evidence that history has left behind but experiencing the culture of Orkney that has been passed down through generations.

Accommodation in the Orkney Islands

Your accommodation in Orkney is in a 4-star small hotel, close to Scapa Flow and, somewhat temptingly, next to the Highland Park distillery. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities.
King size bed in a beautiful bedroom
Bathroom with a toilet and a bathtub
Spacious room with king size bed, sofa and table
The hotel’s restaurant is popular with locals and has a strong focus on local Orkney produce. Naturally, any special dietary requirements can be catered for and the restaurant is fully licensed offering a selection of Orkney malts and ales.
Cozy red room with sofas and a table
Cozy room with a sofa and a table, flower decorated wall
On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

Walking in the Orkney Isles

Three walkers on a trail, view of a bay in the distance
Hikers on a walking path, going towards the sea

This guided walking holiday is suitable for for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

The weather in Scotland can be unpredictable and at times can make activities more challenging. Please do bear this in mind when thinking about what trip to join.


Group of hikers posing for a photo, a rock and the sea in the background
Hikers on a trail along ancient ruins

Day 1 – Travel to Orkney
We meet in Inverness and transfer north. Our journey to the Orkney Islands follows the north-east coast of the Highlands and onwards over the Pentland Firth. We reach Orkney in the late afternoon, where we’ll visit the Italian Chapel, two Nissan huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war. We’ll then continue on to our hotel which is situated nearby to the major archaeological sites which add to the intrigue to these islands. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner and briefing from your guide for what lies ahead. (L, D)

Day 2 – Rousay and the Mid Howe Broch
We drive to the Eynhallow Sound and take a local ferry to the island of Rousay. We enjoy two short walks here – the Westness Walk to the Mid Howe broch and a superb moorland walk around Faraclett Head. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | approx. 4 hrs

Day 3 – The Gloup and Mull Head
Today our walk starts at The Gloup, a partially collapsed sea cave from where we head north along the coast to Mull Head. Tonight we enjoy dinner back at our hotel. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 9km/ 6 miles | approx. 4 hrs

Very high volcanic rocks standing from the sea
Hiker admiring the sea

Day 4 – The Old Man of Hoy, Scapa Flow & Rackwick Bay
A short drive along the edge of Scapa Flow takes us to Stromness where we catch the ferry to the island of Hoy. Here we walk to the famous Old Man of Hoy and some of Britain’s highest sea cliffs before returning to Rackwick Bay. We enjoy dinner in a local pub or restaurant on the way back to the hotel.(B, L, D)
Walk details: 10km/ 6 miles | approx. 5 hrs

Day 5 – Brough Head to Marwick Head, Skara Brae
Today we visit the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it. Afterwards, from Brough Head, a superb walk follows the coast south to Marwick Head – one of the largest seabird
colonies in the Northern Isles. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 6km/ 3.5 miles | approx. 2-3 hrs

Day 6 – Stromness, Ring of Brodgar & the Sand of Warebeth
Today we visit the historic Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe. Afterwards, we follow a coastal path from Stromness to The Ness before heading west for the Sand of Warebeth. (B, L, D)
Walk details:8km/ 5 miles | approx. 3 hr

Day 7 – Return to Inverness
After breakfast, we will return to the mainland and Inverness, via the rugged coastal scenery of the Northern tip of Scotland. (B, L)

Dates and Availability

Hiker walking by huge standing stones

Trip Dates for 2022:

  • 26th Mar – 1st Apr 2022 – 2 places left
  • 9th Apr – 15th Apr 2022 – 1 place left
  • 23rd Apr – 29th Apr 2022 – Trip Full
  • 7th May – 13th May 2022 – 2 places left
  • 28th May – 3rd Jun 2022 – 1 place left
  • 25th Jun – 1st Jul 2022 – Trip Full
  • 16th Jul – 22nd Jul 2022 – Trip Full
  • 30th Jul – 5th Aug 2022 – Trip Full
  • 13th Aug – 19th Aug 2022 *Women only departure* – 3 places left
  • 10th Sep – 16th Sep 2022 – 1 place left
  • 24th Sep – 30th Sep 2022 – 1 place left
  • 8th Oct – 14th Oct 2022 – 4 places left

For solo travellers: Accommodation is based on sharing a twin room with another solo traveller of the same gender. A limited number of rooms for single occupancy are available on a first come first served basis, subject to a single supplement of £425.-.
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    Holiday Type:

    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    Full Board


    From £ 1935.- / 7 days
    Price per person based on 2 people sharing


    • 1 One accommodation

    What's included:

    • 6 nights accommodation
    • All meals during the trip as stated in itinerary
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
    • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
    • All private boat and ferry transfers

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to Inverness.

    Walking Grade:

    hills and low mountains
    • Hills to low mountains
    • Easy to moderate walking


    Tailor-made walking possible

    Best time to go:

    March – October

    Contact Details:

    Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands, a Guided walking holiday in Scotland by Wilderness Scotland

    Contact: Chris Page
    Telephone: +44 (0)131 625 6635

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    Getting there:

    • Inverness Airport (13 km)
    • Aberdeen International Airport (158 km)
    • Edinburgh Airport (247 km)
    • Glasgow Airport (285 km)
    • Inverness Railway Station (1 km)
    • Aberdeen Train Station (166 km)
    • Edinburgh Central Railway Station (251 km)
    • Glasgow Central Station (274 km)

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    You will be met by your guide at the fixed seating area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 09:00am on Day 1 of your trip. We aim to have you back at the station by 17.00hrs on your last day.


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