Ariel view over Cantick Head Lighthouse and the sea beyond on Orkney in Scotland
The Hamnavoe suite at Hampton House


City To The Sea From Edinburgh To Orkney

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    Holiday Duration

    5 nights

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    Best Time To Go

    June - September

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    Price From

    £1420 per person

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    Wild Rating

    3 out of 5

Holiday Idea

Spend time strolling around the streets of Edinburgh sampling the best food and drink the city has to offer before travelling to Orkney. Explore charming Kirkwall before journeying to the tiny island of South Walls where you'll stay at Cantick Head Lighthouse, a remote and relaxing haven away from the bustle of everyday life. Stargaze by the fire, kayak around the shore of your private beach, and take in the stunning Orkney landscapes teeming with wonderful wildlife.


View of The Kitchener Memorial overlooking the cliffs and sea in Birsay, north-west Mainland, Orkney, Scotland
Victoria Street in the Old Town of Edinburgh in Scotland

Day 1 | Arrive in Edinburgh

Arrive in Edinburgh and check into The Dunstane Houses for two nights. Choose to dine in the wonderful restaurant or venture into the city for an evening stroll, and enjoy the numerous bars and dining experiences on offer in Scotland’s capital.

The Dunstane House bar

Day 2 | City Sightseeing & Whisky Tasting

Walk into the centre for a day of sightseeing. Perhaps visit the Royal Botanic Garden. Blooming beautifully for 350 years, the gardens are home to a world-leading conservation, education and science centre. Stroll through the gardens and reach the viewpoint offering panoramic scenes of Edinburgh’s skyline. In the afternoon, explore the city on an enlivening walking tour visiting the old town and learn about the city’s rich history. Return in the evening to enjoy The Dunstane Houses Whisky Tasting experience.

Buildings and graveyard by St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall on Orkney in Scotland.

Day 3 | Travel to Kirkwall

Today travel to Orkney and on arrival, collect up your hire car and take a short drive to The Kirkwall Hotel for an overnight stay. Set on a medieval coastline, stroll around the charming town and perhaps visit St Magnus Cathedral and the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces before stopping for a spot of lunch. Prepare for your ferry journey to Cantick Head Lighthouse in the morning.

The view of Cantick Head Lighthouse from the sea in Orkney in Scotland

Day 4 | Cantick Head Lighthouse & Kayaking

This morning, take the ferry and drive to Cantick Head Lighthouse. Settle into your remote retreat on the tiny island of South Walls, Hoy. You’ll be staying in a quaint cottage, fit with a toasty fireplace for curling up and reading a book with the faint sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Perhaps venture to your private beach for a trip out on the water via kayak. Look out for the colony of seals that rest on the island and glide peacefully across the blue water before heading back to rest beneath a starry sky.

Panoramic view over the scottish coastline

Day 5 | The Old Man of Hoy & Scapa Flow

Today visit one of the UK's tallest sea stacks. The Old Man of Hoy emerges from the watery depths surrounded by cliffs and plunging hills. Hike to view the spectacle and encounter the island's rich birdlife. For the more daring adventurer, there is an opportunity to climb the sea stack. In the afternoon, perhaps visit Scapa Flow, an old Viking harbour rich with sea life, now frequently visited by divers around the world. In the evening why not visit The Foveran restaurant, a delicious dining experience with stunning views of Scapa Flow.

Puffin in scotland

Day 6 | Departure Day

Today perhaps hire a bike and explore the surrounding hills. The Hill of White Harmars wildlife reserve is a fantastic spot awash with wildflowers and ideal for birdwatching. Later, return the hire car and travel back to the Scottish mainland. 

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What's included

  • Two nights at The Dunstane Houses in Edinburgh including breakfast
  • One night at The Kirkwall Hotel in Kirkwall, Orkney including breakfast
  • Two nights at Cantick Head Lighthouse on a self-catering basis
  • Return flights from Edinburgh to Kirkwall Airport or ferry crossing from Aberdeen to Stromness
  • Car hire for three/four days in a small car (Ford Fiesta or similar). Pick up and drop off at Kirkwall Airport or Edinburgh if opting for the ferry to and from Aberdeen
  • Whisky Regions of Scotland tasting experience at The Dunstane Houses
  • Access to the wood-fired sauna and hot-tub at Cantick Head Lighthouse


The price of this suggestion is based on two people sharing a double/twin room at The Dunstane Houses and The Kirkwall Hotel, and the cottage at Cantick Head Lighthouse.

Would you like a price including rail travel to Edinburgh? Get in touch today.

We can't wait to help you plan your City To The Sea Escape