Orkney

This group of over 70 islands off the northern tip of Scotland’s mainland are well worth the journey. 

Orkney Islands, Scotland

ORKNEY ISLANDS - AT A GLANCE

  • Only 17 of these atmospheric islands are inhabited.
     
  • Most of Orkney’s locals live in the main towns of Kirkwall and Stromness, where you'll find great tourist attractions and activities to suit every interest.
     
  • The quiet sandy beaches, stunning scenery, abundance of wildlife, fresh quality cuisine and warm welcoming hospitality make these islands an ideal place for a relaxing visit or an action-packed holiday.
     
  • Orkney’s history goes back more than 4,500 years to the earliest dwellings of Neolithic people. The most impressive of these is at Skara Brae. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney is a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of Neolithic monuments, stone circles, tombs and a settlement.
     
  • The easiest and quickest way to get to Orkney is to fly from Edinburgh, which takes just over an hour. 

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