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.
Our July and August holidays are always very popular & usually sell out 18 months in advance, for our other 2016 dates you should book at least a year in advance to get your first choice. Our 2017 dates & brochure will be published in early summer 2015 but will broadly follow our regular pattern of 20 weeks starting from the 29th April 2017.
We are also organising the 2015 Council for British Archaeology visit to Orkney (sorry - this tour is now fully booked but we are operating a waiting list in case of cancellations) a 5-night, 4-day group tour, which includes a visit to the Ness of Brodgar excavation and a special evening lecture programme from leading experts in Orkney's archaeology.
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!
Please visit our Tripadvisor page to read our reviews, which is the source of all the quotes on our website.
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!!
My wife and I heartily agree with all the superlatives other reviewers have written about Caz Mamwell and her Orkney Archeology tours. We just completed our second tour, and found it as wonderful, informative, and fun as the first. What makes her tours particularly interesting (and not mentioned by other reviewers) is that she is a professional archeologist known by all the others in the Orkney Islands. Twice, when we visited actively working sites on this last trip, the site archeologists immediately wanted to share with us (and Caz) their latest finds or observations. Their enthusiasm to share with us was extraordinary.
Caz has planned the logistical side of the trips perfectly! Excellent accommodations and superb lunches. Both times our group (limited to 8) was exceptionally pleasant, interesting, and fun.
The only thing I can complain about is that she won't do a third follow up tour as we would love to return. Thank you Caz for another wonderful week!!
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.
The 6 day Orkney Adventure Tour was great. The whole week was very well organised and included visits to not only the ancient history sites but also to some more recent history locations. Caz, our guide, was very knowledgeable both on the archaeology and about the islands generally, and delivered the information with enthusiasm and humour.