15 days in Orkney Islands, Aviemore & Durness Itinerary

15 days in Orkney Islands, Aviemore & Durness Itinerary

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15 days in Orkney Islands, Aviemore & Durness Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Burray Village, Burray
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
South Ronaldsay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hoy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Birsay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  3​h 45​min
6
Aviemore
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

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Burray Village, Burray

Burray Village ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Burray Village journey planner.

Edinburgh to Burray Village is an approximately 4-hour flight. While traveling from Edinburgh, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Burray Village, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South Ronaldsay.

Things to do in Burray Village

Nightlife Museums
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Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre ©
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

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South Ronaldsay

South Ronaldsay ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Orcadian Wildlife, then see the interesting displays at W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Hoxa Tapestry Gallery, and finally delve into the distant past at Tomb of the Eagles.

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South Ronaldsay is just a stone's throw from Burray Village. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoy.

Things to do in South Ronaldsay

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Tomb of the Eagles ©
Tomb of the Eagles
Hoxa Tapestry Gallery ©
Hoxa Tapestry Gallery
W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum ©
W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum

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Hoy

Hoy ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Hoy, delve into the distant past at Dwarfie Stane, then learn about all things military at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Hackness Martello Tower.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hoy online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from South Ronaldsay to Hoy takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Hoy are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Birsay.

Things to do in Hoy

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum ©
The Old Man of Hoy ©
The Old Man of Hoy
Hackness Martello Tower ©
Hackness Martello Tower

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Birsay

Birsay ©
On the 17th (Mon), examine the collection at Kirbuster Museum, then steep yourself in history at Barony Mill, then step into the grandiose world of Earl's Palace, and finally head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Birsay trip planning app .

You can drive from Hoy to Birsay in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Birsay

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kirbuster Museum ©
Kirbuster Museum
Barony Mill ©
Barony Mill
Brough Of Birsay ©
Brough Of Birsay

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Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Visit Bishop & Earls Palace and Maeshowe for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Orkney Wireless Museum and Pier Arts Centre. When in Kirkwall, make a side trip to see Skara Brae in Stromness, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Broch of Gurness, see the interesting displays at Stromness Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Scapa Flow, and steep yourself in history at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement.

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Kirkwall is just a short distance from Birsay. In June, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Broch of Gurness, Orkneyinga Saga Centre
Highlights from your plan
Bishop & Earls Palace ©
Bishop & Earls Palace
Broch of Gurness ©
Broch of Gurness
Orkneyinga Saga Centre ©
Orkneyinga Saga Centre

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Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ruthven Barracks. Knockando Woolmill and Ballindalloch Castle will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Cairngorms National Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by The Speyside Centre, and don't miss a visit to The Iona Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aviemore trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of flight and train from Kirkwall to Aviemore in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. June in Aviemore sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Knockando Woolmill, Cairngorms National Park
Highlights from your plan
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park

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Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Balnakeil Craft Village and Mudness Ceramics. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ardvreck Castle and Lotte Glob. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durness: Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver), Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath, and Head underground at Smoo Cave.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Durness journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Durness takes 3.5 hours. In June in Durness, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay, Ardvreck Castle, Achmelvich Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Wrath ©
Cape Wrath
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach