4 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

4 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

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4 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

Start: Inverness, Scotland
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
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South Ronaldsay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pierowall, Westray
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Inverness, Scotland

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South Ronaldsay

South Ronaldsay ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Orcadian Wildlife.

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Inverness to South Ronaldsay is an approximately 4-hour flight. While traveling from Inverness, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in South Ronaldsay, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pierowall.

Things to do in South Ronaldsay

Wildlife Parks Museums
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W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum ©
W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum

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Pierowall, Westray

Pierowall ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Westray Heritage Trust, then step off the mainland to explore Westray Island, then contemplate the long history of Noltland Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Links of Noltland.

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Traveling by car from South Ronaldsay to Pierowall takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Pierowall can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Pierowall

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Westray
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Westray Island ©
Westray Island
Noltland Castle ©
Noltland Castle
Westray Heritage Trust ©
Westray Heritage Trust

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Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Bishop & Earls Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then steep yourself in history at Maeshowe, then delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, and finally delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Mull Head Nature Reserve, have fun and explore at Corrigall Farm Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve.

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You can drive from Pierowall to Kirkwall in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kirkwall are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Stromness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Maeshowe, Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve, Corrigall Farm Museum
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe