Orkney

Ancient stone circles, breathtaking landscapes and seals - escape to the wild on the Orkney islands, Scotland.

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ORKNEY ISLANDS - AT A GLANCE

  • 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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