8 days in Orkney Islands & Bristol Itinerary

8 days in Orkney Islands & Bristol Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom travel route planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

8 days in Orkney Islands & Bristol Itinerary

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

1
night
Longhope, Hoy

Longhope ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get your bearings at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Longhope trip planner .

Bristol to Longhope is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Birsay.

Things to do in Longhope

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hoy
Highlights from your plan
The Old Man of Hoy ©
The Old Man of Hoy
Hoy ©
Hoy
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum ©

1
night
Birsay

Birsay ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Barony Mill, examine the collection at Kirbuster Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Brough Of Birsay.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Birsay attractions planner.

Getting from Longhope to Birsay by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Birsay

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

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Maeshowe, make a trip to Ness of Brodgar, then steep yourself in history at Ring of Brodgar, then steep yourself in history at Skara Brae, and finally make a trip to Yesnaby Cliffs. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, head outdoors with MV Valkyrie, and then explore the activities along Scapa Flow.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kirkwall itinerary planner.

Kirkwall is very close to Birsay. July in Kirkwall sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bristol.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stromness, Maeshowe
Highlights from your plan
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Scapa Flow ©
Scapa Flow
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral

2
nights
Bristol

Bristol ©
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bristol: Bath (Fudge Kitchen & The Roman Baths), The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes) and Head 4 Heights Ltd (in Shorncote). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, have some family-friendly fun at ImmotionVR, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mary Redcliffe Church, and take in the views from Clifton Suspension Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bristol holiday maker tool .

Getting from Kirkwall to Bristol by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bristol

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Cirencester, Bath
Highlights from your plan
Brunel's SS Great Britain ©
Brunel's SS Great Britain
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
Head 4 Heights Waterpark ©
Head 4 Heights Waterpark

Similar Plans

20 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Manchester, Windermere & Bristol BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Bristol, Geneva & La Spezia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Bristol BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Bristol BY A USER FROM GERMANY May, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Orkney Islands BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Somerset & Bristol BY A USER FROM ISLE OF MAN August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Bristol BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, relaxing, museums, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Bristol BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Bristol BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Bristol BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN June, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Bristol BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans