From May to early September we specialise in our all-inclusive archaeology holidays, but outside this period we also offer private day tours, suitable for guests with limited time in Orkney or who may prefer to arrange their own accommodation.
We do not offer shared group tours, neither do we add people to an existing booking, so your tour will be a private tour for your party only. This allows us to offer you a high quality tour tailored to your exact requirements, guided for the day by your own personal archaeologist guide.
Collection can be from your accommodation or your point of arrival in Orkney. We would be happy to suggest an itinerary for your tour, but please let us know if you have any particular preferences.
All tours are conducted using comfortable tour vehicles, fully licensed and insured for the carriage of passengers for hire and reward.
If you are bringing a large group we can arrange to hire a coach with professional driver – please contact us for a quote.
''Four of us (plus Lucy the dog) spent an April day visiting some well known and less well known sites, from Neolithic to Viking. Caz is a great guide providing real insight into the prehistory of the Orkney islands. No glib tour guide prattle; instead thoughtful and considered commentary. Excellent and highly recommended. For extra value take a lively dog to the Ring of Brodgar''.
2016 - 2017 day tour prices
Up to 4 people: £480
5 - 8 people: an extra £85 per person
Tour price includes the following:
Exclusive private use of our own 8-seat tour vehicle and archaeologist driver-guide for a full day up to a maximum of 8 hours.
Entry fees to the main archaeological sites operated by Historic Scotland.
Collection from anywhere in Mainland Orkney or the linked South Isles.
Any applicable parking charges for our tour vehicle.
VAT at the current rate of 20%
(if your visit is for business purposes we can provide a VAT receipt on request).
Tour price does not include the following:
Lunch or other refreshments, apart from bottled mineral water carried in the tour vehicle (but we do stop at a suitable tea room or pub during the tour). Entries to any other sites or attractions.
Ferry fares to any other islands visited at your request as part of the tour.
''Our day trip to Orkney was beyond expectation due to the coordination, knowledge, and experience of Caz. During the planning phase she strongly recommended spending the night in Kirkwall which would allow additional time on Orkney. This was something I had not considered and turned out to be an excellent suggestion. Caz was very responsive during the booking phase and stayed in communication up to our arrival day. She personalized the tour with local facts and brought to life the history of Orkney. She also introduced us to local foods where we tasted clootie pudding and bannocks with farm cheese. We were so enamoured with the cheese, she even arranged a stop for us to purchase more cheese. Her breadth and depth of knowledge was incredible and the tour exceeded our expectations. We are planning on returning and doing a longer trip to Orkney based on our experience with Caz on our day trip''.
''It felt like a big investment hiring our own guide to Orkney's archaeology, but it was money very well spent! We saw things and learnt things that we would never have managed on our own. Caz has a compendious - and up to date - knowledge and an infectious enthusiasm for every aspect of Orkney's fascinating history and culture''.