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Wild & Ancient Orkney

8 Jul — 15 Jul 2017 | Tour Directors: Andrew Wilson, Peter Exley

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Tour Directors

Andrew Wilson portrait

Peter Exley , BSc

conservationist and ornithologist who works for the RSPB

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson , BA, BD, FSASCOT

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1530 at Kirkwall Airport (Orkney) to coincide with arrival of Flybe flight from Edinburgh early afternoon. Transfer to the Ayre Hotel for seven nights. Evening lecture: Neolithic Orkney.

Day

2

Whole-day tour of Neolithic Orkney: Stones of Stenness (3rd millennium BC Neolithic stone circle), Ring of Brodgar (ceremonial stone circle and RSPB nature reserve), Skara Brae (Neolithic village), Unstan Chambered Cairn, Maes Howe (Neolithic chambered cairn tomb). Evening lecture: Island Wildlife.

Day

3

Kirkwall for 17th century Earl’s Palace, Bishop’s Palace (dating from 12th century), St Magnus Cathedral (begun in 1137). Afternoon: Orphir Round Church, Stromness (Museum and The Pier Arts Centre, Orcadian geology and Scapa Flow).

Day

4

Morning lecture: Viking Orkney. Rennibister Earth House, followed by ferry from Tingwall to small island of Rousay: Taversoe Tuick and Blackhammer (chambered tombs), optional visit to Knowe of Yarso (cairn). Afternoon: Midhowe Broch and Midhowe Cairn.

Day

5

Yesnaby (Scottish primrose, stromatolites), Marwick Head (seabird colonies), Iron Age Broch of Gurness, Brough of Birsay (Pictish/Norse village) and Earl’s Palace. Return via Hillside to look for birds of prey.

Day

6

By ferry to Westray (Noltland Castle, St Mary’s Church) and tiny island of Papa Westray: Knap of Howar (earliest standing house in Europe, possible guillemots and Arctic terns).

Day

7

South Ronaldsay: Churchill Barriers (series of causeways), Italian Chapel (beautiful chapel created by Italian POWs), Isbister Chambered Cairn (‘Tomb of The Eagles’), St Margaret’s Hope, coastal walk to Deerness (early Christian/Viking promontory site).

Day

8

Transfer to Kirkwall airport in time for mid-morning Flybe flight to Edinburgh.

Tour Dates

8 Jul — 15 Jul 2017

Days

8

Cost

£1715

Tour Code

ORKN-17

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Testimonial

Andrew and Peter gave us such detailed but wholly accessible information. They invited a dialogue throughout between us all and kept the tone light, amusing and entertaining.

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Cost includes:

accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

return airfare, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £175.

 
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