Orkney Uncovered is delighted to offer Ancient Orkney Explorer as a Private Tour. Come on a journey with us, step back in time and discover the wonders of Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age Orkney.
Ness of Brodgar can be included between 8th July and 26th August
Our bespoke tour offers you the chance to be privately guided around many of the sites of UNESCO World Heritage Orkney. You will be given a detailed overview of how Orkney life has changed through the ages and why the stone monuments of the Ring of Brodgar and Standing Stones of Stenness were built. Visit and marvel at the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae from the 3rd Millennium BC and soak up the natural beauty of the coastal scenery around the beautiful Orkney Islands.
Photos courtesy of Ronald van der Bie
You can choose which sites you would like to visit from the selection below.
Prices based on number of people and are on request.
- Rennibister Earth House
Impressive underground grain storage from the 1st Millennium BC. Learn about the purpose of this earth house and others like it in Orkney.
- Broch of Gurness
Visit this amazing Iron Age settlement. Broch’s are unique to Scotland and this particular Broch was large with deep ditches and ramparts. From 800AD this Broch was used by the Vikings as a burial ground.
- Brough of Birsay
This impressive cliff top structure commands spectacular views over the Atlantic. Pictish and Nordic Settlements reigned here from 7th-13th centuries AD. *Please note that this is weather dependent and can only be accessed at low tide.
- Skara Brae
Come and visit one of Orkney’s most iconic sites. Orkney Uncovered will guide you around the Neolithic settlement from around 3100BC. Excellent visitor centre with interactive galleries and film room.
- Maes Howe
Neolithic chambered cairn dating back to 5000 BC. See the runic writings from the Vikings and other markings from the Crusades. This cairn pre dates the Pyramids at Giza by 500 years. (Please note that Maes Howe is a very popular attraction and therefore needs to be booked in advance).
- Ring of Brodgar
Guided walk around this large circle of Neolithic Stones dating back to 3000BC. Originally there were 60 stones, 27 remain today. See the impressive henge surrounding the site and learn about the ceremonies that took place here.
- Ness of Brodgar
(Site opens from 8th July – 26th August). This site was uncovered in 2003 and is currently being excavated. There are a number of structures that can be seen including evidence of a Stone Age temple complex dating back to 3000BC. This is a must for Neolithic enthusiasts. Orkney Uncovered will guide you around the site and you will be able to see archaeologists actively excavating the site. Finds such as the ‘Brodgar Boy’ have been unearthed here.
- Standing Stones of Stenness
See the 3100 BC henge monument site and the famous ‘Watch Stone’. The stones at this site vary considerably to the ones at the Ring of Brodgar in size and height. Learn about the reasons behind this and the differences between the two sites.
- Barnhouse Village
This 3rd millennia Neolithic settlement is on the South shore of Harray Loch. Short walk around Barnhouse Village, great picture taking opportunity of Harray Loch from RSPB Nature Reserve.
- St Magnus Cathedral
Step back to Viking times and be guided around this magnificent 12th C Cathedral, built by the Vikings. St Magnus Cathedral is Britain’s most northerly Cathedral. Learn about its use from Viking age to medieval age and beyond.
- Bishop’s Palace
Guided tour around the Bishops Palace dating back to 1137AD it was built for Bishop William the Old. The first Bishop of St Magnus Cathedral. In the 16th C it was completely rebuilt by the powerful Bishop Robert Reid who founded Edinburgh University. Take a trip up to the top of the ‘Moosie Toor’ for spectacular views over St Magnus Cathedral and Kirkwall. (Open April – September).
- Earl’s Palace
Visit the finest renaissance building in Scotland the Earl’s Palace. Built by the feared Patrick Stewart in 1607, the Earl’s Palace is a residence of grandeur. Learn about the Stewart Earls and their enslavement of the locals and their inevitable justice. (Open April – September).
- Tour includes light refreshments and admissions where stated.
- Tour does not include lunch.
- Walking is easy to moderate.
- Recommend warm and waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
- We would recommend buying the Historic Scotland Orkney Explorer Pass in advance as this will give you access to all Historic Scotland sites in Orkney saving you approx. 50%.
Our exclusive tour vehicle accommodates up to 7 guests. If you would like more information or to enquire about this tour send an enquiry directly from this website.