8 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

8 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

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8 days in Orkney Islands Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  21​h
1
Burray Village, Burray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Birsay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Hoy
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Burray Village, Burray

Burray Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then contemplate the long history of Rennibister Earth House, then see the interesting displays at Orkney Wireless Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Scapa Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: join in the after-dark buzz at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, then contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Scapa Flow.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Burray Village trip itinerary planning site .

Minneapolis, USA to Burray Village is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Burray Village due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Minneapolis in June: highs in Burray Village hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Birsay.

Things to do in Burray Village

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kirkwall, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre ©
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
Orkney Wireless Museum ©
Orkney Wireless Museum

3
nights
Birsay

Birsay ©
Explore hidden gems such as Brough Of Birsay and Yesnaby Cliffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Birsay: Stromness (Ness of Brodgar, Ring of Brodgar, & more) and Maeshowe (in Stenness).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Birsay day trip planning site .

You can drive from Burray Village to Birsay in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoy.

Things to do in Birsay

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Stromness, Maeshowe, Broch of Gurness, Click Mill, Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Stromness Museum ©
Stromness Museum
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

1
night
Hoy

Hoy ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Hoy, then don't miss a visit to Betty Corrigall’s Grave, then brush up on your military savvy at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hoy.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoy holiday builder tool .

Drive from Birsay to Hoy in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hoy can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoy

Parks Nature Museums
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The Old Man of Hoy ©
The Old Man of Hoy
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum ©
Hoy ©
Hoy