Timetravel in Orkney – Delight in the past!
What is timetravel?
Timetravel is a hands-on experience of Orkney’s past.
Be a Viking for a day, travel as a Medieval pilgrim along St Magnus Way, experience farm life in the 1800s, or the nostalgic 1960s.
Each timetravel tour includes a practical, hands-on experience for you to feel that you have really gone back in time for the day.
Fun for the whole family, both for the young and the young at heart!
See the menu below of different timetravel adventures that you can join.
Menu of timetravel experiences
Full day walking tour
- Be a Viking for a day.
- Learn Viking crafts.
- Games, stories, song and dance.
- Viking cooking over open fire.
Viking Hiking is an experience that suits the whole family.
The day starts by taking a small passenger ferry from Stromness across to the island of Hoy. From Moaness pier we walk though the roadless valley between the famous Hills of Hoy, said in local folklore to have been dropped there by a giant when the strap broke on his two straw baskets carrying soil for his garden. On the way, we have time to enjoy the fresh air and the stunning, unspoiled Orkney landscape until we reach the secluded valley of Rackwick.
Once inhabited by the Vikings, Rackwick now lies undisturbed, like a green bowl surrounded by imposing cliffs in old red sandstone. We stop on the beach, by the old stone bothy, built in a style reminiscent of a Viking longhouse.
Here, we set up camp. We are met by an outdoor cooking and wilderness survival expert, who lets us into the secrets of the Viking way of life. You will have a go at practical skills such as weaving and braiding techniques and nettle rope making.
We cook over open fire and share an authentic Viking meal by the campfire. We play games, hear Viking songs and try a Viking dance, and listen to ancient stories passed down from the Vikings in the sagas and through local tradition in Orkney.
At the end of the day, we walk back to Moaness pier for the return ferry to Stromness (minibus transport back to the pier can also be arranged on request).
Pilgrimage along St Magnus Way
This tour is currently under development in collaboration with the St Magnus Way.
Please bear with us for a little while – Tour description, dates and booking to be released soon.
Magnus 900 celebration, video by Orkney Islands Council, 2017
Orkney farm life in the 1800s
Full day tour
What was it like to live on a farm in Orkney in the 1800s? Timetravel back and find out!
This timetravel adventure takes you to Orkney’s last surviving horizontal wheel water mill, known as a Click Mill. We thereafter visit a real, working watermill: Barony Mills in the parish of Birsay. Here, we will see how the ancient type of barley, known as bere, gets milled into flour, ready to bake delicious bannocks.
We have lunch where we get to taste some Orkney produce.
After lunch, we visit the farm museum, where we experience the everyday life of an Orkney farming family in the 1800s, and the various tasks that needed to be done around the farm. There will also be traditional storytelling around the peatfire.
We finish the day by going to pay the landlord – or laird as they are known in Scotland – at the magnificent Skaill House mansion. Here, tenants had to off-cap to the laird and pay their rent in butter, or later in money.
Calendar and booking to be published here soon – please bear with us for a little while.