Orkney Islands short break in Scotland
Description of Orkney Islands short break in Scotland
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PlanetWe’re traveling in a small group. The Orkney Island’s beauty is remarkable, and we would like it to stay like that for generations to come. By keeping our group size to a maximum of 12 travellers (average 10) we’re leaving no trace, and we are making sure our footprint is minimal, both in an environmental sense as well as considering the impact on the local community. We do not want to get in the way of the everyday life of the locals, but we rather want to understand and interact. Therefore, in a small group it is easier, and more respectful to participate in some fun activities. In our opinion this is the way to show respect to the local community. The beautiful countryside should not be flooded with masses of people at the same time.
This trip cuts down on carbon emissions, as arrival to Orkney is by public transport. First the group will take a train to Thurso, then continue by ferry to the port of Stromness, and finally by public bus to your accommodation in the main town of Kirkwall. The trip to Shapinsay Island is also done by public ferry, while we hire a local transfer company for our day trip around the main island itself (there is no public transport to replace this).
Waste. Minimising waste is very important. It’s impossible to reduce it to zero of course, but we encourage our clients to think about products they use. We always suggest using reusable water bottles. In all places we visit, finding a drinkable water tap is not a problem. Having reusable bottle on hand helps reducing plastic waste. We advise our clients prior to travel that bringing reusable bottle will make a difference.
PeopleThe Orkney Islands are a little visited group of islands in the North Sea off the Northern tip of Scotland, well off the beaten tourist trail. By travelling to the Orkneys you support a remote community that has been hit hard by the effects of Covid-19. For our travellers, it is the beauty of the landscape without any of the crowds experienced on the Scottish mainland. By visiting we are able to support many smaller businesses and local shops that have suffered greatly in the past year.
Our smaller group sizes allow us to support local, family or community run businesses otherwise inaccessible to coach tours. One night the group will head out to the local pub for some live music and during our day trip around the main island we meet a local producer who will put on a picnic for the group in an old schoolhouse on hill with perfect views.
This trip stays centre based in Orkney’s main town of Kirkwall. This minimises the need to move around generating more carbon emission and gives a great chance to immerse into the local way of life. We’ll shop in the best local stores; we’ll stay in family owned guesthouse and our private transport arrangements are supplied by a local operator. This, in our opinion, is a way to support local communities!
It is in our genes to support local communities wherever we travel to, and it is no different even if we travel close to home.