Get to know the heart of Kirkwall.

Yesnaby to Skara Brae

A scenic hike with local expert guides.

  • Visit Orkney’s largest Island.
  • Beautifully sculptured scenery.
  • Cliff Top Hike.
  • Visit 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 4: Challenging - good mobility and fitness needed

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  • From

    119 €

  • Notices

    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.  Here the full force of the Atlantic Ocean pounds the beautifully sculptured coast line.  Arriving at Yesnaby – a local beauty spot – we will depart on a hike along the cliff tops with our local expert guides.  On our route we will pass Iron Age Brochs, sea stacks and coves as well as pausing to admire the local plant and animal life.   

Our hike ends with a drop down into the sweep of Skaill Bay and a visit to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the visitor centre.  See the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.   

Our coach will then collect us from Skara Brae and transport us back to the ship passing through the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. 

Practical information: 

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable walking boots. 

  • Walking information: Guests must be fit; able walkers and wear walking boots & carry waterproofs.  Soft, uneven ground along the cliff-top hike. Around 2 hours total walking. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

  • Language: English.