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