Today's features a circular trip that includes stops at some of the most ancient sites found on the mainland of Orkney. These sites, collectively known as The Heart of Neolithic Orkney were proclaimed a World Heritage Site in December of 1999
Your first stop will be Skara Brae – a cluster of eight houses making up one of Northern Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village ancient sites that is found on the mainland of Orkney.
From there it is on to Brough of Birsay where depending upon tidal conditions, you may be able to reach this tidal island and see the remains of a Viking settlement and the earlier Pictish community.
Next is the Ring of Brodgar – a stone circle 104 metres in diameter, originally composed of 60 stones set within a circular ditch up to 3 metres deep and 10 metres wide, forming a henge monument. It has been estimated that the structure took 80,000 man-hours to construct.
Just a short distance away are the Standing Stones of Stenness – the four remaining megaliths of a henge, the largest of which is 6 metres (19 ft) high. Your last stop is at Maeshowe – a unique chambered cairn and
Your last stop is at Maeshowe – a unique chambered cairn
Departing Maeshowe you will head back to Stromness
Dinner will be at the Scapa Flow restaurant in the hotel.