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Island Hopping

There are lots of options available for visiting the islands around Orkney. Each one is unique, and has something different to offer. Most of the islands are linked by ferries operated by Orkney Ferries (can this link to their website for timetables etc.?) with terminals at Kirkwall, Tingwall and Houton. I can provide transport to collect you and take you to the correct terminal, and even take the minibus with us to your destination if required. Most of the inner isles are well served with frequent ferry services, so the trip can be as long or short as you want, depending on your requirements. Some of the outer isles have less frequent and longer journeys, and I would recommend taking transport with us, to make the most of the time that we have. (link here to the islander magazine for information on each island)

Entry prices

There are various places to visit which are operated by Historic Environment Scotland. These include Skara Brae and Skaill House, Broch of Gurness, Broch of Birsay, the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palace and the Hackness Martello Tower and Battery (located on Hoy). These are entry by ticket only, and can be entered individually or by an Orkney Explorer Pass. The pass is available for £18 per adult, which is a saving if you plan to visit four or more of the sites. Family passes are available for £36 and include two adults and up to five children. Some of the sites are only manned in the Summer season.

There are also privately owned sites to visit and sites not operated by HES. These include the Italian Chapel (£3 entry, booking advisable), the Tomb of the Eagles (£7.50 entry for adults), the Tomb of the Otters (£6 entry for adults). There are also many other sites and places of interest that are free to enter and open 24 hours – Stones of Sternness, Ring of Brodgar, Cuween Cairn etc.

Please be aware that the weather in Orkney is extremely changeable, and that good walking shoes, warm and waterproof clothing, and a warm hat are recommended – even in Summer!