Walking Scotland’s Orkney Islands

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 7 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-36069
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Inverness, Scotland
  • Ends Inverness, Scotland
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Enjoy walks with stunning scenery amid pristine nature
  • Discover Iron Age villages and Neolithic sites including Skara Brae
  • Unearth Orcadian and Norse history, heritage and local traditions
Starting and ending in Inverness, the "Walking Scotland’s Orkney Islands" tour is a guided walking tour that takes 7 days. You will travel through Kirkwall and Inverness in Scotland. "Walking Scotland’s Orkney Islands" is a small group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Discover the beautiful landscapes, world-famous archaeological sites and birdlife of the Orkney Isles. Highlights include clifftop walks, wildflowers, puffin colonies, fresh seafood and Skara Brae - without doubt, the finest Stone Age village in Europe. Along the way, we enjoy generous Orcadian hospitality and experience the relaxed pace of island life.

Ancient History - Discover Iron Age villages and Neolithic sites including Skara Brae

Orcadian and Norse traditions - Unearth the Orkney's history, heritage and local traditions

Breathtaking landscapes - Explore some of Britain's most pristine regions on foot
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Inverness
  • Day 2 : Isle of Westray coastal walk
  • Day 3 : Deerness Peninsula coastal walk and Scapa Flow
  • Day 4 : West Mainland coastal walk to Skara Brae
  • Day 5 : Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO site and Stromness
  • Day 6 : Isle of Rousay
  • Day 7 : Tour ends in Inverness
  • 6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • The Orkney Hotel (6 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Ferry
  • Minibus
  • On Foot
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Any international flights to/from Inverness are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Walking Scotland’s Orkney Islands tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Walking Scotland’s Orkney Islands tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 16 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 August 2024, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 62 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Walking Scotland’s Orkney Islands tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Walking Scotland’s Orkney Islands tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be either fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure or have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR)  within 72 hours of departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many kilometers would we walk each day on the Walking Tour of Orkney Islands, and what are the conditions?

    This trip is graded as easy to moderate so the walking is fairly light over good terrain. We walk for 4 days for around 3-4 hours per day. The longest walk is from Stromness to Skara Brae and is 4 to 5 hours. Exact walking distances are as follows: day 2 9km; day 3 8km; day 4 14km; day 5 3km; day 6 10km.

    You will be walking on a mix of grassy trails and moorland paths on flat or undulating terrain. The surface can be rough and boggy in places with some steep sections though generally flat. Some walking is along cliff tops but it is easy to keep your distance from the edge.

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