We have a long tradition of harnessing the power of nature to heat our homes and drive machinery. Today, Orkney is also leading the world in the development of marine renewable energy, and is home to The European Marine Energy Centre: the world’s first and only real-sea facility for testing
In Orkney we have dedicated producers and talented chefs whose combined skills turn the islands’ harvest into award-winning, first-class cuisine.
There are many specialities to be enjoyed here. With lush grazing, it’s no surprise that premium beef is produced in Orkney. Much of it is exported, but you’ll find prime cuts
Orkney is a special destination that can charm and entertain you for two days, two weeks or a lifetime. There are hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and self-catering properties on all the inhabited islands, making it easy to stay and tour.
In midsummer you can walk in the glow of the midnight sun,
Come to Orkney at any time of year and you can share in hundreds of years of custom and the unique culture of the islanders. Ceilidh bands play throughout the year in local pubs, but you can be sure of hearing these traditional melodies at the Orkney Ceilidh Weekend in
Orkney’s gift shops stock many stunning, locally produced arts and crafts, especially in the high streets of Kirkwall and Stromness. Jewellery, pottery and colourful textiles are especially prominent, and you are sure to pick up a beautiful reminder of your visit.
The West Mainland includes “The Heart of Neolithic Orkney”, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes Maeshowe, the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ness of Brodgar, Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae, and parts of the surrounding area.
There is a strong argument for the whole of Orkney to be a
(ON Bruar-gardr, Bridge Farm) is situated on a peninsula between the Lochs of Harray and Stenness, in the heart of the West Mainland. This very fine stone circle originally comprised 60 megaliths, of which 27 remain upright. It is a perfect circle, 103.7m in diameter and is surrounded by a
A trip to Orkney is not complete without a visit to one or more of the islands, as well as visiting all the interesting places on the Mainland. Since each island is different, with its own charm and the inter island transport system is good, it is both easy and
Orkney is a wonderful place for birdwatchers in winter. While many of the breeding birds migrate southwards, we also have an influx of regular migrants which come down from their northern breeding grounds to spend the winter in Orkney or further south.
Such species include waterfowl such as Tufted Duck (above)
It is currently by far the largest gathering together of work for sale by crafters from throughout the islands that make up Orkney, and in fact has been so for the past 40 years. Orkney Arts and Crafts association Summer Exhibition & Sale in the Town Hall, Kirkwall, attracts thousands