Orkney: Your Cruise Destination, Your Way
Every day of your cruise should be filled with adventure and wonder. Therefore, when your ship calls into Orkney, make your visit extra special with a private shore excursion designed just for you.
Contact your personal consultant who will work with you to create a unique experience ashore; the perfect complement to your cruise. From a single guest to large groups, we will apply our unrivalled local knowledge and expertise to ensure that your visit to our spectacular port of call surpasses your expectations.
Private Shore Excursions
We have designed an exciting portfolio of private shore excursions to stimulate your imagination. They can be booked as is or used as the foundation for your own tailor-made adventure.
Take in the sights and sounds of Orkney’s capital. Tour highlights include the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, Earl’s & Bishop’s Palaces, Tankerness House Museum and Gardens, and Highland Park Whisky Distillery.
Discover the captivating history and natural beauty of Orkney's South Isles. Tour highlights include the natural harbour of Scapa Flow, Churchill Barriers and Block-ships, inspiring Italian Chapel, Orkney Wine Company's traditional vintages, Windwick Bay sea stack and seals, picturesque village of St Margaret’s Hope and outstanding vistas from Olad Brae.
Delve into the Isles’ wartime history, abounding with poignant stories of hope and strife. Tour highlights include Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum (Lyness, Hoy), Italian Chapel, Churchill Barriers, Block-ships.
Explore Orkney’s magnificent natural heritage and prehistoric treasures. Tour highlights include Birsay Moors Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) nature reserve's moorland wildlife, clifftop habitat at Marwick Head RSPB nature reserve, Brodgar RSPB nature reserve surrounding the ceremonial Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness and Skara Brae.
Please note: This excursion is available mid May - mid July.
Immerse yourself in local culture, discover Orcadian creativity at its source, and enjoy the island hospitality for which Orkney is renowned. Tour highlights include visits to a traditional 18th century farmstead and local artisan studios (choose from pottery, jewellery, Orkney Chairs, painting, photography, and others). Complete your experience with a delicious Taste of Orkney luncheon followed by a tour of Highland Park Distillery, the northernmost Scotch whisky distillery in the world.
Uncover the ancient mysteries of Orkney’s remarkable World Heritage. Tour highlights include the ongoing excavations at Ness of Brodgar (mid Jul - mid Aug), Maeshowe, Skara Brae, Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar.
Visit Orkney's most beloved monuments of the South Isles and Neolithic Heartland World Heritage site. Tour highlights include Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness, Cliffs of Yesnaby, Scapa Flow, Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel.
Journey through the rich archaeological landscape of Orkney's most significant ages. Tour highlights include Scapa Flow, Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness, Skara Brae, Round Kirk and Earl's Bu.
Encounter amazing flora and fauna during this exploration of the Orkney Mainland’s various wildlife habitats. Tour highlights include maritime heath, cliffs & beaches, meadows & grassland, lochs & reed beds, and moorland. We will be on the lookout for seasonal wildflowers and curious seals as well as puffins, hen harriers, short-eared owls, red-throated divers, and much more.
Please note: This excursion is available mid-May to mid July.
Marvel at the breath taking coastal scenery of two Orkney Islands, Mainland and Rousay, and pause for reflection at some of the Isles' most inspiring locations. Tour highlights include Eynhallow Sound, Trumland House Victorian gardens, Saviskaill Bay seal colony, Broch of Gurness, Standing Stones of Stenness, Birsay Bay, Cliffs of Yesnaby, and Scapa Flow.
Fathom the depth of Orkney’s Norse roots as you trace the indelible impact the Vikings had on the Islands. Tour highlights include St. Magnus Cathedral, Maeshowe, Brough of Birsay, Ring of Brodgar, Round Kirk & Earl's Bu.
Travel to one of the smaller Orkney Isles or a day of discovery lead by a local guide. Choose from Hoy, Rousay, Westray, Papa Westray, North Ronaldsay, Sanday, Eday or Shapinsay.
Customary Inclusions for all Shore Excursions:
- Accredited professional Orkney tourist guide
- Transport in executive touring vehicle with panoramic windows
- Inter-island ferries, if applicable