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+44 1756 706500

Voyage to Neolithic Orkney

Uncover over 6,000 years of history on this luxury no-fly cruise to the heart of the Orkney Islands with visits to fortified castles, ancient burial grounds and pre-historic stone circles

No Fly Cruise
9 nights

Small Ship Holiday
  • Callanish Standing Stones
  • Isle of Lewis
  • Skara Brae
  • Ring of Brodgar

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The Orkney Islands were ruled by Scandinavian crown until 1468, and this Nordic influence is still evident today. This unique luxury cruise uncovers the history of this archipelago which dates back thousands of years.

The first call is in the Outer Hebrides at North Uist where there is a visit to the prehistoric stone circle of Pobull Fhinn and the Neolithic cairn of Barpa Langass, whilst on the neighbouring island of Lewis the standing stones at Callanish and the well-preserved Carloway Broch stand testament to the prehistoric history of the area. In Scrabster explore the late Queen Mother’s magnificent Castle of Mey before sailing to the dramatic Orkney archipelago. Discover the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, the chambered tomb of Maes Howe and the iconic Ring of Brodgar then learn about local history at the Orkney museum and explore St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.

Visit the beautiful and highly ornate Italian Chapel and The Churchill Barriers causeways before admiring the collapsed sea cave and dramatic natural arch of the Vat of Kirbister. Enter the impressive Quoyness Chambered Cairn, see the heavily-fortified yet unfinished Noltland Castle, discover the oldest preserved stone houses in northern Europe at the Knap of Howar and learn about the history of Caithness at the Wick Museum.

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Voyage to Neolithic Orkney Itinerary

Day 1 - Oban (Scotland)

Embark Hebridean Princess in Oban.

Day 2 - Lochmaddy

Cruise the Sea of the Hebrides to North Uist for a visit to Barpa Langass, a 5,000-year-old burial chamber believed to be the burial place of a Neolithic chieftain, and the prehistoric stone circle of Pobull Fhinn.

Day 3 - Stornoway

Take a step back in time on the island of Lewis with visits to the well-preserved ancient Carloway Broch and the impressive prehistoric standing stones of Callanish. Cruise Cape Wrath and along the North Coast.

Day 4 - Scrabster - Stromness

Scrabster is a beautiful port located in picturesque Thurso Bay. Explore the magnificent Castle of Mey before sailing to the wild Orkney Islands and the Neolithic archaeological site of Skara Brae.

Day 5 - Stromness - Kirkwall

Visit the amazing Stone Ring of Brodgar and chambered tomb of Maes Howe then travel to Kirkwall to learn more about the history of the area at the Orkney Museum and explore St Magnus Cathedral which dominates the city's skyline.

Day 6 - Kirkwall - Stronsay

Admire the beautiful and highly ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war, and the series of causeways known as The Churchill Barriers. Next, discover the Vat of Kirbister, a collapsed sea cave with a spectacular arch.

Day 7 - Sanday - Westray

See the impressive Quoyness Chambered Cairn, a megalithic tomb for the dead, then travel to the heavily-fortified 16th-century Noltland Castle.

Day 8 - Knap of Howar

Discover the oldest preserved stone houses in northern Europe at the Knap of Howar then cruise the Pentland Firth.

Day 9 - Wick

Visit the renowned Wick Museum which displays many artefacts telling the story of this Caithness town.

Day 10 - Invergordon

Disembark Hebridean Princess in Invergordon.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 9-night all-inclusive cruise
  • Private coach transfers from the local airport or train station to and from the ship
  • All meals on board and ashore
  • Champagne, selected wines plus beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and other hot drinks
  • Knowledgeable guides on board and on tours
  • Shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Use of the ship’s bicycles
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Port taxes
  • Gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from the private coach transfer points
  • Wines from the Library Wines list
  • Private shore visits organised by request which are not part of the itinerary
  • Personal telephone calls
  • Items purchased from the shop on board
  • Personal laundry
Map for Voyage to Neolithic Orkney