19 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

19 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

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19 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
South Ronaldsay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rousay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Birsay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Longhope, Hoy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Stronsay
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Manchester

2
nights
South Ronaldsay

South Ronaldsay ©
On the 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Banks Chambered Tomb. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Tomb of the Eagles, then look for all kinds of wild species at Olav's Wood, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Orcadian Wildlife.

Start your trip to South Ronaldsay by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Manchester to South Ronaldsay is an approximately 7-hour flight. When traveling from Manchester in September, plan for little chillier days in South Ronaldsay, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rousay.

Things to do in South Ronaldsay

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of the Eagles ©
Tomb of the Eagles
Olav's Wood ©
Olav's Wood
W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum ©
W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum

1
night
Rousay

Rousay ©
On the 8th (Sun), explore the ancient world of The Blackhammer Cairn, Rousay, then contemplate the long history of Knowe Of Yarso, then take some stellar pictures from The Taversoe Tuick, and finally make a trip to Midhowe Broch.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rousay trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from South Ronaldsay to Rousay takes 2 hours. September in Rousay sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Birsay.

Things to do in Rousay

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Taversoe Tuick ©
The Taversoe Tuick
Knowe Of Yarso ©
Knowe Of Yarso
The Blackhammer Cairn, Rousay ©
The Blackhammer Cairn, Rousay

3
nights
Birsay

Birsay ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Brough Of Birsay and Barony Mill.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Birsay trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Rousay to Birsay takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll set off for Longhope on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Birsay

Historic Sites Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brough Of Birsay ©
Brough Of Birsay
Barony Mill ©
Barony Mill
Kirbuster Museum ©
Kirbuster Museum

3
nights
Longhope, Hoy

Longhope ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery and Longhope Lifeboat Museum. Get outdoors at The Old Man of Hoy and Hoy.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Longhope trip planner .

Traveling by car from Birsay to Longhope takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Longhope are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You will leave for Stronsay on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Longhope

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoy
Highlights from your plan
The Old Man of Hoy ©
The Old Man of Hoy
Hackness Martello Tower ©
Hackness Martello Tower
Dwarfie Stane ©
Dwarfie Stane

3
nights
Stronsay

Stronsay
Stronsay is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Vat of Kirbister.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Stronsay travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Longhope to Stronsay with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Stronsay can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will leave for Kirkwall on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Stronsay

Nature Parks

6
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve and Mull Head Nature Reserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Skara Brae and Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Saint Magnus Cathedral, get outside with MV Valkyrie, delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, and contemplate the waterfront views at Scapa Flow.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kirkwall trip itinerary planning site .

Explore your travel options from Stronsay to Kirkwall with the Route module. September in Kirkwall sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Evie, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe