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Orkney Wartime Adventurer - Full Day


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Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, Hiking and Walking, Adventure / Active


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is suitable for children over the age of 12 as long as they are supervised by an adult.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to enjoy walking short distances and be able to get in and out of the Volkswagen tour vehicle.

Maximum travelers: 7



English (fluent)

Discover Orkney and Scapa Flow during the World Wars.

This is a popular private tour and gives clients an overview of how important the defences of Orkney and Scapa Flow were in protecting the British Fleet and our allies in the World Wars.

The following is an overview of what we recommend in 8 hours. Please note that this tour can be tailored.

Learn about the fateful sinking of battleship HMS Royal Oak by German U-boat U47 and how this tragedy spurred a massive engineering project to build the Churchill Barriers.

We will drive over the barriers and explore the Italian Chapel, built by Italian POWs in WWII.

Coastal walks to WWII coast defence batteries which protected Scapa Flow's entrances from the German navy.

See sunken merchant ships from WWI, Learn about the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in June 1919.

Travel around WWII airfields and hear stories about the personnel based in Orkney.

Visit seascape locations for beautiful views over Orkney. Soak up the history.

We can arrange a lunch stop (at an additional cost) at a restaurant/tearoom.


Your private tour day and the start time of your tour is entirely flexible and will be tailored to accommodate your time schedule and interests.

Tour may be subject to adjustments due to weather. Clients will be made aware in advance if this is the case.

Should any change on the day of touring need to be made by the client, then I will do my best to accommodate your wishes.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel/accommodation at a time agreed by yourself.

End location: I will drop you off at your hotel/accommodation at a time agreed by yourself.

Duration: 8 hours


Using my own luxury and custom Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle. Full air conditioned, insured and licensed. On board microphone headset, spacious and comfortable.

What’s Included

Other: Personal pick up and drop off from hotel/accommodation on Orkney Mainland.

My services as your personal, driver guide together with all transportation costs in a 8 seater (7 guests) fully air conditioned, luxury and custom built Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle with on board microphone headset system.

Bottled Mineral Water

Luxury Orkney shortbread

Use of:

Ordnance survey maps

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 GBP - £15 GBP per person

All refreshments, gifts & lunch costs will need to be
paid locally in GBP or by credit card.

What’s Extra

Other: You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, meals and alcoholic beverages.


I can offer a step on guide service if you have your own vehicle. Price on request.

I can try and find availability on a bigger vehicle a coach or minibus if you have more than 7 persons in your party. Prices will be higher for this service.

A Recent Review of this tour

Kinlay is an excellent tour guide. The tour was personalised to exactly our needs and Kinlay's breadth and depth of knowledge on the subject manner and the Orkneys is simply stunning. He is most articulate and extremely personable. His vehicle is very comfortable and he is a great driver too. We thoroughly recommend this and any of Kinlay's tours.
Liz Gilbert

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