Orkney’s Walks and Wildlife

Come on an exciting tour to uncover the wonders of Orkney’s scenic walks and amazing wildlife. Orkney Uncovered will take you on a rugged experience visiting awe inspiring coastal and hillside locations around Orkney. Allow the fresh Orkney air to awaken your senses and breathe in the beauty of Orkney.

You may choose from any number of the following walks for your tour. Please note that the Hoy trip will be a full day. Prices are dependent on number of people and are on request.

Yesnaby

Walk to the famous ‘Yesnaby Castle’ sea stack and other great locations. See the spectacular cliff top views towards the Atlantic. Great place to take pictures and see various sea birds including the Arctic Tern, Great Skua and Oyster Catcher. You may even be able to spot the rare Primula Scotica flower on found in the Caithness and the Orkney Islands. Walk takes approx. 1hr 30 mins.

Yesnaby sea cliffsPrimula Scotica

 

Old Man of Hoy

Take the ferry with Orkney Uncovered to the Island of Hoy and discover the beautiful landscapes and coastal scenery. We will take a scenic drive to Rackwick beach before walking to the Old man of Hoy and back again. Spectacular views over the North Atlantic Ocean and up to Marwick Head. Great opportunity to spot a number of sea birds including the infamous Bonxie which thrive on Hoy. (Please note that the trip to Hoy is a day trip). Old Man of Hoy walk takes approx. 3 hours.

Old Man of Hoy

Bonxie

Warbeth Beach and Hoy Sound

Orkney Uncovered will pick you up and drive you past the Point of Ness in Stromness. From here we will walk along the beautiful coastline of Hoy Sound to Warbeth Beach. This is often a great location in which to spot seals basking on the rocks and a variety of sea birds including the Black Guillemot and Cormorant. Walk takes approx. 1 hour 15 mins.

Hoy Sound to Warbeth

Marwick Head and the Kitchener’s Memorial

Great scenic trip out towards Marwick Head. We will park and then walk up to Marwick Head. Fairly steep trail but well worth the spectacular views over the North Atlantic and the towering coastal cliffs of Marwick Head. Fulmars, Greater Black Backs, Gannets, Puffins and Bonxie’s can be spotted here. You will also get the chance to visit the Kitchener Memorial emplaced in 1936 by the locals to remember the 643 men including Lord Kitchener who lost their lives on HMS Hampshire on the 5th June 1916. Walk takes approx. 1hr 15 mins.

Marwick Head

Kitcheners Memorial

Brough of Birsay

Orkney Uncovered will take you over to the Brough of Birsay. This island is only accessible at low tide and is a great place to spot the elusive Puffin during their nesting season. Great time to spot them is between the months of April and July. You may also be able to spot the Razorbill, Shag and Guillemot nesting on the cliffs. Great walk up to the Brough Lighthouse. Walk takes approx. 1hr 30 mins and dependent on weather and tide.

Brough of Birsay

Hoxa Head

Orkney Uncovered will drive you out to far Hoxa which is in the far South of Orkney. From here we will do a coastal walk around the Hoxa sea cliffs. Great place to spot Razorbills, Black Guillemots and Puffins. Hoxa Head has also been a popular place to go and try spot the seals and Minkie whales. We will walk by a set of WWII Coast Defence Batteries called Balfour Battery. Spectacular views over Scapa Flow and out towards the Island of Flotta. Walk to Hoxa Head and back takes approx. 1hr 30 mins.

Hoxa Cliffs

Hobbister Moor and Scapa Flow

Orkney Uncovered will take you Hobbister Moor and RSPB bird reserve. This is an area of outstanding scenic beauty. Take a circular walk and enjoy views across Scapa Flow. You can spot a variety of birds including the Fulmar, Short-eared Owl, Black Guillemot and Hen Harrier. You may well even get the chance to spot the Orkney Vole.Walk takes approx. 1hr 30 mins.

Bonxie on Scapa Flow

Tour Notes:

  1. Prices are dependent on number of people and are on request.
  2. Light refreshments provided. Lunch not included.
  3. Recommended places to eat: Hoxa Café, Standing Stones Hotel, Birsay Tearoom.
  4. Our transport accommodates up to 8 guests.
  5. Walking – moderate.
  6. Toilet and refreshment stops en route.
  7. Recommend warm and waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
  8. Tour may be subject to change due to adverse weather conditions.

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