Kirkwall Shore Excursion

We'll bring 5000 years of history to life on this fantastic tour of Orkney

Rated 5* on TripAdvisor TripAdvisor by more than 1750 happy customers # 1 on TripAdvisor for Scotland tours from Inverness

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Skara Brae, a 5000 year old village
  • Walk around the Ring of Brodgar
  • Step inside the Italian Chapel
  • Cross over the Churchill barriers
  • Admire Scapa Flow
  • Explore the island's capital, Kirkwall
PricesFrom £79 p.p
Times4.5 - 6 hour tour
Back-to-ship guarantee100% success rate at getting you back to your ship on time!
Group size30 seater mini-coach for a more personal experience

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Pick-up from Kirkwall

Pick-up from Kirkwall
Look out for the WOW guides in the kilt!

Our tour starts from port of Kirkwall where your guide for the day will be waiting for you close to the port. With our bright purple buses and distinctive WOW Scotland uniforms we are are hard to miss!

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Skara Brae

Skara Brae
Step back 5000 years in history

The day starts off with a real highlight, a visit to one of the oldest villages in Europe, Skara Brae.

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Ring of Brodgar

Ring of Brodgar
One of the most spectacular stones circles in Europe

Our next stop is to the Ring of Brodgar where you will have time to wander around the stones in the company of your expert guide.

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Stones of Stenness

Stones of Stenness
Another fascinating set of standing stones

Our next stop is the Stones of Stenness. Although not as famous as their next door cousin’s at Brodgar (they are only a few hundred metres apart!) they are no less impressive. In fact, for many people they are even more impressive, in particular as you can still currently go right up to the stones and touch them!

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Italian Chapel

Italian Chapel
A beautiful memory of an awful conflict

A visit to the Orkney Islands wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Italian Chapel. This tiny church was built by Italian POWs in WW2, and is a poignant reminder of the time they spent on the island.

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A chance to walk around this historic town

Our tour ends back in Kirkwall where we can either drop you off back at the ship, or give you time to explore Kirkwall, which we highly recommend. A free shuttle bus will take you back to the port at the end of the day, although as it is only a small town it will be within easy walking distance for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

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Our highly experienced team will ensure you go home with memories to last a lifetime.
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Meet your Guide for Kirkwall

Gordon Pearson

Founder & Tour Guide

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Gordon founded WOW Scotland in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. He loves talking about the Scottish Highlands, both on tour and on the TV and radio.

Robert Carr

Tour Guide

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Prior to being a tour guide, Rob ran successful food and tourism businesses in Edinburgh and Perthshire. He has now been in the Highlands for 16 years, where he loves to indulge in his joint passions of golf and hiking.

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