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West Mainland Tour

(1st May 2024 until 27th September 2024) Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 10.30am Start at Kirkwall Travel Centre

The West Mainland Tour is a semi private tour that takes you to some of the most fabulous spots on the West Mainland of Orkney. The tour starts at Kirkwall Travel Centre in the centre of Kirkwall and takes a scenic drive looking at the magnificent Scapa Flow, which was the main British naval base during both World Wars. Your guide will tell you about some of the major events that happened in the waters of Scapa Flow.

The first stop is Unstan Tomb, a 5,300 year old burial chamber situated on the edge of Stenness Loch.

The next stop is a photo stop at the Cliffs of Yesnaby, some of the most stunning coastal scenery on the Orkney Islands.

Next on the agenda is a guided tour of Skara Brae, discovered in 1850, it is considered the best-preserved Neolithic Village in Northern Europe. Your guide will tell you all about this magnificent 5000-year-old village. After the guided tour, you will get free time to have a look at the 400-year-old Skaill House or have a look around the Skara Brae visitor centre.

The tour then goes on to the Ring of Brodgar. A spectacular henge monument dating back 4500 years. This stone circle has been part of the Orkney landscape for thousands of years.

Finally, we will stop at the Standing Stones of Stenness, which is believed to be the oldest stone circle in the UK.

All this for only £89 per person

Orkney West Mainland Tour - Kirkwall Departure
Orkney West Mainland Tour - Kirkwall Departure

Our Itinerary

  • Scapa Flow - Stunning scenic views across this famous stretch of water used by the Royal Navy during both World Wars.
  • Unstan Tomb - 5,300 year old burial chamber.
  • Cliffs of Yesnaby - dramatic cliffs and stunning scenery.
  • Skara Brae- 5000 year old stone-age village, discovered in 1850 when a great storm blew away a sand dune to reveal the village beneath. (optional visit of Skaill House, one of Orkney's finest manor houses)
  • Ring of Brodgar - Stone circle and henge monument estimated to be around 4500 years old. Originally made up of 60 standing stones 27 remain standing today.
  • Standing Stones of Stenness - The smaller of two stone circles we will visit today, a beautiful monument built around 3100BC.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the West Mainland Tour run?

We run the West Mainland Tour on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the start of May until the end of September. If you are looking for a tour outwith of these times or out of season, this may be possible subject to availability. We normally require at least 2 people to run an extra tour outwith of normal time.

Where do you depart from?

We depart from and return to the Kirkwall Travel Centre (normally Stand 5).

If you are docking with a cruise ship from Hatston Pier, there are free shuttle buses that run from Hatston Pier to Kirkwall Travel Centre.

Here is a pin for google maps.

What time does the West Mainland Tour depart and how long does it take?

The West Mainland tour departs Kirkwall Travel Centre at 10.30am and lasts for approximately 4.5 hours. Please arrive 10 minutes early however so we can depart on time.

We aim to return to Kirkwall Travel Centre at 3pm. If you are in Kirkwall on a cruise ship then the driver may be able to drop you off at the cruise port.

Are you able to pick up from the cruise port?

We are unable to offer pick ups from the cruise port.

Tour Information

Meeting Point: Kirkwall Travel Centre

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Start Time: 10.30am

Duration: 4.5 hours

Please bring snacks as there is no lunch stop on this tour, there is a cafe at Skara Brae where you may be able to buy lunch.


8 seat minibus

What's Included

  • Driver Commentary
  • Guided Tour of Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar
  • Admission Tickets
  • Complimentary Water
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