We are the only holiday company in Orkney to be run by archaeologists. All of our tours are personally led by either Dr Caz Mamwell BSc MA PhD FSA Scot or by Dr Dave Lawrence BSc MSc PhD FSA Scot, who both live in Orkney all year round and have an in depth understanding of Orkney’s archaeology, cultural traditions and history – as well as knowing all the best places to see seals!
We specialize in exclusive tours of Orkney, concentrating on the wonderful archaeology but also showing you as much as possible of our beautiful islands. We offer all-inclusive small group holidays and private tours with specialist archaeologist guides, staying at comfortable hotels serving good local food. There are no hidden extras on our tours – simply relax and unwind and let us take care of everything.
The maximum group size for our holidays is just eight people with all tours conducted in our own comfortable executive touring vehicle. With such a small group we can visit sites off the beaten track and you benefit from the personal touch. This makes our ‘Orkney Adventure’ holidays the ideal way to see the best of Orkney with a small party of like-minded travellers. We have a choice of twenty arrival dates for our group holidays from May until September, so we’re sure to have something for you.
For early and late season breaks our private tours are ideal - these can be of any length, and at any time outside our group holiday dates (subject to availability).
Orkney has spectacular archaeology: the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae, Maeshowe chambered tomb and the amazing henge monuments of Brodgar and Stenness – all part of our World Heritage Site - are just the beginning. There are well over a thousand known archaeological sites, not to mention Orkney's many other attractions: abundant wildlife and birds, wildflowers in profusion, spectacular coastal scenery, tranquil inland lochs, traditional music, history and our unique island culture, with its strong Norse influences.
Since Orkney is a group of islands we don’t restrict our holidays to just the Mainland (the largest island of the group). Some of the islands we visit are linked to each other by the Churchill barriers (built to protect the great naval harbour of Scapa Flow) whilst others are reached by modern vehicle and passenger ferries.
On our ‘Orkney Adventure’ holidays we take the short ferry ride to the islands of Rousay, with its amazing collection of Neolithic chambered tombs, and Hoy, with dramatic mountainous scenery and Britain’s’ only prehistoric rock cut tomb.
Part of the fun of visiting the islands is the short thirty-minute ferry ride through our sheltered waters, with opportunities for wildlife spotting from the boats. There are always seabirds and seals, but if you’re exceptionally lucky you might see a porpoise or even an Orca.
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