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The Orkneys

Location: Scotland (Northern Isles) Distance: 113 miles (182km)

Thu 19 May 17:15 train from Witham to Liverpool Street. 21:15 sleeper from London Euston to Inverness (arr 08:30 Fri)

Fri 20 May 11:27 train from Inverness to Thurso (arr 14:21), bus connection from Thurso to Scrabster, 19:00 ferry from Scrabster to Stromness (arr 20:30). Dinner B&B at Stromness Hotel, 01856 - 850298, £48.00pp.

Sat 21 May 0930 Boat from Stromness to Hoy ferry. Walk from Moaness slipway - Sandy Loch - Cuilags - Sui Fea - Hendry’s Holes - Old Man of Hoy - Rackwick - Sandy Loch: 11 miles. Camp.

Sun 22 May Sandy Loch - Moaness Slipway. 10:00 ferry to Stromness. Taxi to Millquoy. Walk from Millquoy - North Dales - Orphir. B&B at Scorralee, 01856 - 811268. £22.00pp.

Mon 23 May 10:00 bus from Orphir to Kirkwall. Visit Highland Park Distillery, Earls Palace & Bishops Palace. B&B at 13 Palace Road, Kirkwall, 01856 - 872249. £25.00pp.

Tue 24 May Kirkwall. Hire car for day and visit Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel, Tomb of the Eagles (lunch at the Standing Stones Hotel) Stones of Stennes, Ring of Brodgar, Scara Brae, Earls Palace (Birsay), Broch of Gurness. B&B at 13 Palace Road, Kirkwall, 01856 - 872249. £25.00pp.

Wed 25 May Kirkwall - Wideford Hill - Keeylang Hill - Finstown. B&B at Linnadale, Heddon Road, 01856 - 761300. £25.00pp.

Thu 26 May 09:50 bus from Finstown to Evie. Walk from Evie - Mid Hill - Ramly Geo - Point of Buckquoy. Camp.

Fri 27 May Point of Buckquoy - Kitchener Monument - Scara Brae - Broch of Borwick. Camp.

Sat 28 May Broch of Borwick - Neban Point - Breckness - Cleuk - Stromness. B&B at Olnadale, Innertown, Stromness. 01856 - 850418. £18.00pp Dinner at the Hamnavoe Restaurant, drinks at the Stromness Hotel and the Ferry Inn.

Sun 29 May 09:00 ferry Stromness to Scrabster, 10:45 bus Scrabster to Wick (arr 11:38). Drinks at the Alexander Bain. Dinner, B&B at Mackay’s Hotel followed by drinks at the Mountain Dew Bar and finally back at Mackay’s Hotel. 01955 - 602323. £40.00pp.

Mon 30 May 12:09 train from Wick to Inverness (arr 16:00). 20:40 sleeper Inverness to Euston. Tue 31 May Arrive Euston 7:43. Train home