If you want to get a real feel for Orkney, this driving tour is ideal – you’ll soak up the island’s coastal scenery, vast countryside and a UNESCO World Heritage site all in one hit. Leaving Kirkwall’s harbour behind, you’ll head through the village of Finstown, and through a wide expanse of sweeping heather moorland, past little lochs and streams. On the way, keep an eye out the window – you’ll often see otters and hares scurrying through the greenery, and rare birds like the puffin and the greylag goose flying overhead. As you continue along a coastal road, check out the vistas of the sea and the jagged cliffs. Look out for grey and common seals, too – they’re usually seen basking on Orkney’s rocky shorelines. You’ll drive through the town of Birsay, next, before making your way past Scapa Flow, a historic harbour that saw many a ship sink to its depths during the First and Second World Wars. Your final destination – and the highpoint of the trip – is the Ring of Brodgar. Well-known as Scotland’s answer to Stonehenge, the origins of this perfect stone circle is shrouded in mystery, but it’s thought to have been erected around 5,000 years ago.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.