The Orkney Islands have a history that spans six millennia, and you’ll get a real feel for it on this tour. Heading south from Kirkwall, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive along the coast, soaking up views of the pretty inlets and coves along the way. Your first stop is one of the most visited monuments in Orkney, an Italian chapel that was built by Italian prisoners during the Second World War. The gold curtains that frame the inside altar were even bought with the prisoners’ own money. The second half of your trip will be spent in the Highland Park Distillery, the birthplace of Highland Park 12-year-old Single Malt Whiskey. The Scot’s reckon it’s the best whiskey going, thanks to the local peak beds here. They’ve absorbed the salt spray for centuries, giving the tipple its heathery taste. Your visit begins with a short film that’ll give you the inside scoop on the history of the drink. Next, you’ll see how the stuff is made as you’re shown around the peat kiln, the floor maltings and the viewing warehouse. Your trip ends with a taste of the whiskey.
You won't be able to go inside the cathedral on Sundays.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.