Voyage to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney
9 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
Ruled by Scandinavian crown until 1468, when transferred to Scotland as part of a marriage dowry, the Nordic influence on the Orkney islands is still evident, making them distinctively different from the Western Isles.
Heading to North Uist, we venture to the prehistoric stone circle of Pobull Fhinn and the Neolithic cairn of Barpa Langass, whilst the standing stones at Callanish and the well-preserved Carloway Broch stand testament to the occupation of Lewis since prehistoric times.
Rounding Cape Wrath to Scrabster, we explore the late Queen Mother’s Castle of Mey. Onwards to Stromness and the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae.
The chambered tomb of Maes Howe, and the iconic Ring of Brodgar, are amazing sites to behold, before we unveil local history at the Orkney museum and explore St Magnus Cathedral, which dominates the Kirkwall skyline.
Ahead of admiring the collapsed sea cave of the Vat of Kirbister, our next foray ashore is to the beautiful and highly ornate Italian Chapel and the series of causeways known as The Churchill Barriers.
Having surveyed the impressive Quoyness Chambered Cairn, Knoltland Castle awaits our arrival. Dating from the 16th century, the heavily fortified castle stands testament to a troubled period of Scottish history.
Our final visit in Orkney is to one of the oldest preserved stone houses in northern Europe, the Knap of Howar, before sailing the Pentland Firth and visiting the Wick Museum which displays many artefacts telling the history of this Caithness town.