Orkney Encounter

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Orkney Encounter - Walkabout Scotland
Orkney Encounter - Walkabout Scotland
4 reviews
+8 Destinations
Orkney Islands


  • Visit the bird lovers paradise of Orkney
  • Stroll through the historic port of Stromness
  • Take a ferry to the island of Hoy
  • Do the West Westray Coastal walk
Age range
12 to 99 year olds
Max Group Size
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking
Walkabout Scotland
Start and end in Edinburgh! With the discovery tour Orkney Encounter, you have a 7 day tour package taking you through Edinburgh, Scotland and 7 other destinations in Scotland. Orkney Encounter is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.


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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: (Sunday):
    Start point Meet at main concourse, Haymarket Station, Haymarket Station Bus Stop, Haymarket, Edinburgh, Scotland EH12 5JZ, United Kingdom 09:00
  2. Day 2: (Monday):
  3. Day 3: (Tuesday):
  4. Day 4: (Wednesday):
  5. Day 5: (Thursday):
  6. Day 6: (Friday):
  7. Day 7: (Saturday):
    End point Any hotel or hostel in City of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom 15:00

Travel guide

Prepare for an adventure in this stunning destination with our travel guide.

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

4 Reviews

Rather Poor
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  • Written on June 23, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    Peter was very knowledgeable and flexible with the three of us on the tour. He was new to this tour, but that did not deter him from researching the islands and suggesting different options for us. Our walks were educational and the scenery was stunning.

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  • S
    Written on March 28, 2018
    1.0 - Bad

    you put gusts to he Inn guest House in Orkney , and took their money then did not pay the money due to us, which the guests payed for!! I have asked you to pay for this many times but do not book on this site .its a scam

    Walkabout Scotland commented on this review
    this bill was overlooked by accident. No reminders were received but have checked through accounts and have found originals. However, your phone is currently offline (9pm 28/4/18) but have emailed new card details today after receiving your phone call to the office this afternoon.
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  • RE
    Written on August 21, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Stunning countryside and excellent guide made for a great holiday. However, administration and communication from head office definitely needs improvement.

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  • KR
    Written on May 22, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great guide, good accommodations, very interesting route. Really loved the history and archaeological sites. Great walks with lots of beautiful scenery.

    Walkabout Scotland commented on this review
    Thanks a lot for the great review Kathleen! Cheers Jon
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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Where is the pickup location? What time will we be picked up?

      The Orkney pick up is at 09.00am Edinburgh Waverley Station and 12.30pm Inverness tram station.

    • Can you provide the expected walking times each day of the tour?

      Here are the walking times:

      *Monday - about 6 hours walking with a couple of hours break at Scara Brae
      *Tuesday - 7 hours walking plus ferry travel
      *Wednesday - travel day with short walks
      *Thursday - 6 hours walking
      *Friday - 4 hours plus travel time

    • Where do I have to go to meet you for the Orkney Tour and where will you drop me off after the trip?

      You need to be in Edinburgh before 09.00 or we can pick you up from Inverness at midday. On the way back we can drop you at Inverness by midday or be back in Edinburgh by 5pm.

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    • Louise23rd August 2019
      It was really easy to book (and the best price I've found anywhere). The customer service is great, everything can be organised through the portal once you've booked which is clear and convenient.

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    Start and end in Edinburgh.
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    For any tour departing before 14 December 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 14 December 2019, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Walkabout Scotland. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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    Covering a total distance of approx 834 km.
    • Edinburgh (Scotland)
    • 355 km
    • Orkney Islands (Scotland)
    • 18 km
    • Kirkwall (Scotland)
    • 19 km
    • Stromness (Scotland)
    • 12 km
    • Hoy (Scotland)
    • 12 km
    • Stromness (Scotland)
    • 42 km
    • Scrabster (Scotland)
    • 31 km
    • Rackwick (Scotland)
    • 163 km
    • Inverness (Scotland)
    • 181 km
    • Edinburgh (Scotland)

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