This wild and windswept group of more than 70 islands off the northern tip of Scotland’s mainland are well worth the journey, with history and wildlife galore.
You will get a real sense of getting away from it all in Orkney. Only 17 of the islands are inhabited and most locals live in the main towns of Kirkwall and Stromness.
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.
Fun fact: you can take the world’s shortest flight in the Orkneys - between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray.
The easiest and quickest way to get to Orkney is to fly from Edinburgh, which takes just over an hour.
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