Explore the Orkneys

Orkney is a truly unique destination.  A deep sense of history can be felt everywhere in the 70 or so scattered islands that make up the archipelago, islands where life is defined by the past and sculpted by the sea. 

 

Orkney offers a rich variety of activities on land, loch and sea to suit all abilities and interests, from golfing to walking, and from sailing to cycling. 

 

With almomst 600 miles of coast and some great unspoilt areas, the islands are superb for wildlife watching and for rich and varied angling. 

 

Orkney is also the amateur archaeologist's ideal destination.  Part of mainland Orkney has been declared a World Heritage Site because of the richness of its prehistoric sites. 

At Maeshowe, visitors wonder at the skills of stone masons who built this large tomb some 5,000 years ago. Nearby stand the eerie stone circles at Stenness and Brodgar while west you can marvel at the sunken Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, overlooking the Bay of Skaill.  In fact, almost every one of the islands can boast some prehistoric relic or find. 

By contrast, modern day Orkney is a hive of creative industry, with several Internationally renowned jewellery manufacturers and many professional craftspeople at work in the islands.  Studios and workshops are often open to the public, and there are Craft and Artist Trails to follow. 

Find out more at www.visitorkney.com or www.visitscotland.com.

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