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Welcome to Orkney Archaeology Tours

We are the only tour company in Orkney to be run by archaeologists, who live and work here all year round and have in depth understanding of Orkney’s archaeology, cultural traditions and history – as well as knowing all the best places to see seals!


We specialise in all-inclusive  holidays  limited to a maximum of eight guests, but unlike other tour operators we do NOT require a  minimum number of bookings before the holiday goes ahead, and we do not apply any surcharges  to our prices, so you can book ahead with confidence.  


Places are going fast on our 2017 holidays - if you have no flexibility in your travel dates  please book now for 2017 to avoid disappointment.


All our 2016 holidays are fully booked, please ask to be added to our 2016 waiting list in case of late availability.


We also have a wide choice of  2018 holiday dates we can add you to our 2017 waiting list if your preferred 2017 week is fully booked.


We  have  some availability for our private all-inclusive tours & private day tours  after the 29th of September 2016.









I've recently returned from this trip to Orkney and have to say it was one of the best holidays I've been on. The itinerary was very well planned allowing for enough time to be spent at the different sites that we visited. Caz was extremely knowledgeable and made sure everything ran very smoothly and also ensured that individual requirements such as dietary preferences were always met . The vehicle we travelled in was clean & comfortable. The hotel we stayed in (Ayre Hotel in Kirkwall) was excellent with very friendly staff & really nice rooms. I have paid single supplements on holidays before and ended up in poor rooms but not here. My room was superb with a great view over the harbour. The food was very good throughout the tour. I would definitely recommend this holiday.


Orkney Archaeology Tours is an impressive and slick organisation, providing a comfortable, informative and comprehensive view of the important sites in the islands. This has been a remarkable week! Standing on the underground platform at Victoria Station on the way home, I could hardly believe that I had been climbing and crawling around some of the most extraordinary Neolithic, Bronze age and Iron age sites in the world. As an archaeologist and experienced guide, Caz is always happy to answer questions about all sorts of aspects relating to island life and history and to ensure the safety and enjoyment of a diverse group. The extensive range of her knowledge is exceptional and wide ranging and includes Medieval, Renaissance and WWI and II sites. We stopped at some lovely lunchtime spots and felt like exclusive guests of the islands. Well worth the journey from Essex!!


Saying this was an excellent tour is a massive understatement! I have always been interested in history and archaeology and thoroughly enjoyed this. But you don't have to have a lot of knowledge about Orkney to enjoy this trip, as Dave filled us in on all of the local history and site information as he guided us. I have rarely been so inspired! Dave was incredible! His knowledge is endless on the history of each site we went to, as well as general local history and information. He inspired our entire group every day! Our group met for dinner at the Ayre hotel (another excellent place!) every night and discussed the things we saw and learned each day. Dave covered the history of Orkney and each of the sites to encompass the last 5,000+ years of history. Dave has a unique approach, as he first tells you what is known about the sites, then asks for your ideas, views, and theories. I spent another week in Scotland after this tour and found myself looking at other sites with a whole new perspective. Dave made this the experience of a lifetime for me!


We have just returned from a fantastic week with Orkney Archeology Tours. It was brilliant to have an archeologist leading the small group, taking us in a very comfortable minibus to many of the best archeological and historical sites, and explaining them in an informative and entertaining way, offering insight and discussion that you don't get in the guide books. For me one of the highlights was a visit to two live digs and a chance to see sites being excavated and hear about what they had found. Caz and Dave have carefully thought about the needs of their customers and make a very professional job of meeting them. The accomodation at the Ayre Hotel was good and the soup and sandwich lunches were excellent. It helped that the weather was fine all week but I am sure we would have enjoyed it enormously anyway. Orkney is a beautiful place to start with, and the tour really brought its complex history to life.


This should be a must tour for anyone interested in human (pre)history and beautiful places! Dave, our archeologist guide, compressed 7,000 years into a most enjoyable and rewarding 7 days, yet we only visited a fraction of the known Orkney sites. No prior experience is necessary to enjoy this trip (but bring a healthy curiosity); Dave convinces one that your ideas are often as good, sometimes better, than those of the learned archeologists. The accommodations and food were excellent - plan on putting on a few pounds! Our fellow tour guests also were a delight. We spent a few delightful days in the Shetland Islands afterwards and appreciated their sites much more from all we learned from Dave.

Our tour leaders have worked on many of Orkney's major excavation projects, and they are also qualified & registered STGA Orkney Tourist Guides. Our tours are friendly, fun and informative and Orkney is an amazing place to visit - the video below was made to welcome ashore the Tall Ships' crews when they visited Orkney in 2011 and features the music of our favourite Orkney band The Chair - enjoy!

I went on this tour with very little knowledge of archaeology but was with others who knew quite a bit. Dave had an amazing way of educating those like me and further educating those who came to the Orkneys with some knowledge of the subject matter. We spent another two weeks after this tour traveling Scotland and Ireland but this was absolutely the highlight of the trip. Sign up early as they fill quickly! You won't regret it!

All the quotes on this website come from our reviews on Tripadvisor