Orkney Itinerary: Hoy One-Day Private Tour

Example Orkney Itinerary (Hoy)

This is an example of one of our exclusive Private Tour itineraries, meticulously curated for discerning explorers by your dedicated guide, Paul Hudd.

Our private tours promise an in-depth immersion into Orkney’s treasured heritage sites, with all the comforts you’d expect from luxury bespoke travel. Embark on a journey steeped in ancient mystery and natural beauty with JP Orkney Tours.

Savour Your Orkney, Your Way

Remember, this Orkney itinerary serves as merely a starting point. We delight in tailoring our tours to meet your specific interests and preferences, ensuring a truly personalised experience. Whether you wish to delve deeper into the archaeological sites, spend more time in nature, or incorporate other activities, we’re here to customise your journey to your liking.

Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Orkney’s storied landscapes and historical riches crafted exclusively for you.

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Orkney Itinerary Highlights

Embark on a mesmerising tour to discover the heart and soul of Orkney’s rich history and breathtaking landscapes.

This sample journey takes you from the serene waters of Eynhallow Sound to the rugged beauty of Rousay and beyond. Uncover the islands’ storied past from Neolithic times to the Iron Age.

Ferry leaves at 10:15 (pick up at 9:30)

  • Ferry to Hoy: Begin your day with a brief yet picturesque 10:15 AM ferry ride from the Orkney Mainland through the impressive Skapa Flow towards Hoy, Orkney’s second-largest island. Take in the tranquil views of the surrounding waters and scenery.
  • Rackwick Bay: After the short ferry crossing, we arrive at Rackwick Bay. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to wander along the stunning silver sand beach, embraced by towering red sandstone cliffs – an invitation for photographers and nature lovers alike.
  • Old Man of Hoy: Departing from Rackwick Bay, embark on a stretching walk to the Old Man of Hoy, Orkney’s most famous location. The sandstone sea stack stretches out of the surf just south of St Johns Head (the UK’s highest vertical cliff face). A great way to see Orkney Wildlife including our famous “Bonxies”
  • Picnic Lunch: Enjoy a specially prepared picnic lunch by our sister company Jane & Paul’s Orkney Produce (https://www.jporkneyproduce.co.uk/), showcasing a delightful selection of local fare. Find a comfortable spot with a scenic view for an al fresco dining experience like no other.
  • Dwarfie Stane: Post lunch, we make our way towards the fascinating Dwarfie Stane. This impressive 5000-year-old Neolithic tomb holds tales of its use by Vikings between the 8th and 12th centuries, serving as an area to store poisons and weaponry.
  • Skapa Flow Museum: Conclude your historical adventure with a visit to the Skapa Flow Museum. Newly opened in June 2022, this museum charts Orkneys military involvement in both world wars.
  • Return Journey: We leave the museum with stories and memories to cherish, with a scenic drive back to the ferry terminal. Reflect on the day’s discoveries as we sail back to the mainland.
  • Ferry Returns: The ferry journey back offers a final sweeping gaze over the seascape of Orkney, aiming to dock at the Mainland by 4:40 PM.
  • Drop-Off: After disembarking, you’ll be comfortably transported back to your accommodation or drop-off point around 5:30 PM. This will bring an end to a memorable day exploring the wonders of Hoy.

Ferry returns 16:40 – Drop off around 17:30

Join us on this captivating journey through Orkney’s ancient history, where every site tells a story of the peoples and landscapes that have shaped this enchanting archipelago.

Want to view our Rousay sample itinerary? Click here

More about our Tours

Our luxury Mercedes Evito tour vehicle seats eight passengers. It is fully electric, so not only is it comfortable, it is quiet and environmentally friendly. It is fully licensed, has lots of luggage space and phone charging facilities.

We love sharing lots of useful and entertaining information about the sites, and as all our tours are private you will have your guide and our tour vehicle all to yourself.

Tours can be as active or relaxed as you like – we will work with you to create your perfect experience. We cater for everyone – families, couples, single travellers, small groups and corporate clients.

We make our own range of Orkney produce, so there are always lots of complimentary treats on board. Complimentary drinking water is always readily available.

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As all our tours are tailor made, prices are on request. All prices are for the vehicle and guide, and include pick-ups and drop-offs for up to eight passengers. Lunches and entrance fees are extra.
We use online payment methods and can accept payment from any credit card, PayPal, bank transfer and payment by phone.

To enquire about a tour or to book please email us, phone 01856721761 or use our contact form.

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