West Mainland Sightseeing

3.5 hours | Orkney Islands (Kirkwall) | K O I - 2 1 0
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Points of Interest

  • Scapa Flow
  • Ring of Brodgar
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:
Orkney's West Mainland
Orkney's West Mainland boasts some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe. Home to the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney," a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing prehistoric monuments that the people of the Orkney Islands built from stone over 5,000 years ago. It includes the enormous Stones of Stenness, which stand up to six meters tall, and the Ring of Brodgar, a great stone circle set in a natural amphitheater of lochs and hills.
What you will see along the way:
Standing Stones of Stenness
As you travel through the magnificent landscapes of Neolithic Orkney, gaze out your motorcoach window onto the Standing Stones of Stenness, a spellbinding sight visible for miles. Dating back to 3300 B.C., this promontory features several circles of vertical stones standing approximately 19 feet tall and originally laid out in an ellipse formation.
Scapa Flow

Linking the North Sea to the Atlantic, this renowned stretch of water has been used by ships for centuries. It played an important role in both World Wars as a natural harbor protecting the British naval fleet.

Photo Opportunity:
Birsay Bay
From the sandy beach at Birsay Bay, point your lens on the distant cliffs at Marwick Head, the finest seabird cliffs in Orkney. Also across the bay lies the tidal island of Brough of Birsay, Orkney's center for religious and political power for centuries and the home of the David A. Stevenson's Brough of Birsay Lighthouse, built in 1925. Keep an eye out for playful seals that enjoy "posing" for their close-ups.
Stromness Town
One of Orkney's main towns and a long-established seaport, picturesque Stromness is nestled beneath the hill of Brinkies Brae. Its narrow, winding streets flanked by painted houses and shops and a busy harbor define this pleasant town and its relationship with the sea.
Ring of Brodgar
Set on the Ness of Brodgar, a strip of land between the lochs of Harray and Stenness, this monument is the third largest stone circle in the British Isles. The last of the great Neolithic monuments built on the ness, the Ring of Brodgar is an iconic site that represents Orkney's ancient heritage. Part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, the monument's age is uncertain, but it is assumed that this enormous ceremonial site, with 27 of the original 60 stones, dates to 2700 B.C.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Board your Motorcoach for Birsay Bay

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:55

Arrive at Birsay Bay for a photo stop

Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
15
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and travel to Stromness Town

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30

Photo stop at Stromness Town

Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
15
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Board your motorcoach and drive to Ring of Brodgar

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:15

Photo stop at Ring of Brodgar

Time at site:
00:35
Free time at site:
15
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard your ship via Standing Stones of Stenness and Scapa Flow

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:45