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Scotland's Gardens and Landscapes - Orkney Islands 2010

Monday May 31.

Leave at 9 am from Glasgow and travel to Kirkwall on the Orkney mainland.

Accommodation in Kirkwall Youth Hostel, Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA), which will be our base for our stay in Orkney. SYHA Hostel or equivalent subject to availability.

Tuesday June 1.

Skara Brae Neolithic stone village. Standing Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar. Skara Brae bears testament to mans 5000 years on these islands.

Visit the Island of Rousay. The Ferry Tearoom serves local produce including Bere and flower bannocks! The gardens at Trumland are reputed to worth visiting. Compare growing conditions with the gardens further south. The island is home to little more than 200 people. There are many sites from Iron and Neolithic ages. The Quandale viewpoint overlooks a landscape 'frozen in time since the Clearances'.

Wednesday June 2.

Visit the island of Hoy sometimes referred to as 'the Highlands of Orkney'.

Rackwick, a crofting township of bygone days. Walk to the Old Man of Hoy. Time permitting visit Berridale Wood. Trees and woodlands are few and far between in Orkney making it a unique and different landscape. This is the most northernly woodland in Britain. Some experts say this is how the islands and many parts of Scotland would have looked around 5000 BC.

Thursday June 3.

Kirkwall and an opportunity to explore the shops. St Magnus Cathedral (1137) is a magnificent Viking building which dominates the skyline of the town.

After lunch visit the Italian Chapel, created from two Nissan huts by prisoners of war and a place of pilgrimage to those who still survive. The Churchill Barriers built by Italian prisoners of war to make Scapa Flow a safer anchorage for our fleet in World War 2.

Friday June 4.

Farewell to the Orkney Islands. Travel to Glasgow arriving in the evening.


The fee for this expedition is £215.

The fee covers Transport, Ferries, Accommodation and the Guide/Driver.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Not included are food drink and entry charges to properties and attractions.

The air fare for the Worlds shortest scheduled flight from Papa Westray to Westray is not included. We recommend the flight as it is quite an experience fly in a small plane over the islands.


SYHA Hostels are mostly self catering. Eat in or eat out. Your choice.

A deposit of £100 secures a place on this expedition.

Cheques should be made payable to Green Alba Enterprises and sent to Brian Sutherland,

661 Clarkston Road, GLASGOW G44 3QL.

The balance must be paid 21 days prior to the date of departure.

Please ring me if you have any questions – 0141 633 2228.

Brian Sutherland, Green Alba Enterprises. 25-02-10