Walking Scotlandís Orkney Islands vacation

Price
US $2570US $2440ToUS $2760US $2630 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Small group
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Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
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Up to US $140 off selected dates.
Late availability on upcoming trips
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Description of Walking Scotlandís Orkney Islands vacation

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Price information

US $2570US $2440ToUS $2760US $2630 excluding flights
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Make enquiry

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Orkney
People who live in Orkney are called Orcadian, which is sort of apt because it is reminiscent of the word ĎArcadianí, the old Greek word pertaining to...
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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Meeting a member of the Orkney Rangers at the stunning Ring of Brodgar to enjoy a wonderful talk and tour. Our Ranger guide was knowledgeable,
passionate about her subject and occasionally hilarious. She gave us all so such a worthwhile start to what proved to be a tremendous day.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take gloves and waterproof trousers. I didn't follow this very clear advice and regretted it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely so, our guides went out of their way to ensure we got the opportunity to engage positively with local independent businesses and community projects, without pressuring us in any way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This vacation consistently exceeded expectations at every level. It was the best trip I've been on for years. Meticulously planned and flawless in its execution, I
loved every minute of it. The tour guides are the people who made this trip the absolute treat that it turned out to be and they were both peerless. If you get
the chance to go on this trip, or indeed any other with either Angela or Marco, then jump at it!

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Walking is arguably the greenest from of travel with no carbon footprint. On this walking vacation we hike in a variety of different protected environments including the RSPB Trumland Reserve on Rousay Island and the Noup Head Seabird Colony on Westray Island. Our hikes allow us to explore with minimal impact on the natural world. We hope to see and learn more about species such as the puffin, Great skua, Hen harrier, Merlin, Red-throated diver and short-eared owl. There is also an abundance of marine life and around 15% of the worldís seal population make Orkney their home. Autumn is best for spotting grey and common seal when the pups arrive.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ĎResponsible in everything we doí. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

As part of our Responsible Travel policy, we advise customers to take reusable water bottles with them on tour. Our local leaders actively do not distribute single-use plastic water bottles. Tap water in the Orkneys is safe to drink and we encourage customers to refill their bottles from the tap.

People

We work with small, locally-run hotels. This helps ensure that our trips benefits the economy directly where we stay. Picnics are sourced locally and we choose locally-owned restaurants where clients can sample the excellent local produce and seafood. Clients have the chance to visit Scapa Flow and Highland Park distilleries or at least sample a dram or two in the evening.

The ancient past of the Orkney Islands is one of its main attractions. We visit Neolithic Orkney sites at Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness and burial tomb of Maeshowe. The entry fees from these visits helps the conservation and maintenance of these iconic sites.

The welcoming and friendly local culture is another undoubted highlight of visiting the Orkneys and along the way we strive to introduce our clients to Orcadian traditions, customs and experiences, maximising contact wherever possible.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. Weíre members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe itís important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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