Level 4: Challenging - good mobility and fitness needed
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.
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.