We are the only holiday company in Orkney to be run by archaeologists. All of our tours are personally led by either Dr Caz Mamwell BSc MA PhD FSA Scot or by Dr Dave Lawrence BSc MSc PhD FSA Scot, who both live in Orkney all year round and have an in depth understanding of Orkney’s archaeology, cultural traditions and history – as well as knowing all the best places to see seals!
From the first week of May until mid-September we offer all-inclusive holidays with no more than eight participants, whilst outside of those dates we offer private tours of any length, for individuals, couples or friends up to a maximum of eight people who are travelling together.
Covid-19 Update 5th April 2020: As responsible tour operators we have been proactive in contacting all of our clients and offering them the option, in the light of the current situation, of transferring their 2020 holiday bookings to future years. Consequently, although our 'Orkney Adventure' holidays normally sell out at least a year in advance, we now have availability for our 2020 holiday season.
Obviously no-one knows how long the current conditions will prevail, and realistically tourism and unnecessary travel are likely to be amongst the last areas to return to normal. We do not therefore wish to take firm bookings for the spaces now available on our 2020 holidays, but we would welcome provisional bookings which may be made without payment of a deposit simply by contacting us with your preferred date. When the situation changes we will contact you to see if you would like to proceed, at which point payment would become due.
We do have availability for our private tours in from October 2020 to April 2021, please contact us for up-to-date availability.
We include a visit to the Ness of Brodgar excavation as an extra in your tour if your visit coincides with the dig season. We also visit other active digs if accessible during your holiday, including the Knowe of Swandro in Rousay. Our tour leaders have worked on many of Orkney's major excavation projects, and they are also qualified and registered STGA Orkney Tourist Guides. Our tours are friendly, fun and informative and Orkney is an amazing place to visit - come and see for yourself!