St Lucia’s Day is 13th December and used to mark the winter solstice under the Julian calendar. It is especially celebrated in Scandinavia. Traditionally a young girl wears a crown of candles and a white dress with a red sash. The festival predates Christianity and coincides with the ancient festival
Keep your eyes and ears peeled at all times! A cacophony of sights and sounds awaits you at all times of the year. Orkney is the best place in the UK for seabirds, with 21 breeding species. There are also 13 RSPB reserves across the islands, providing superb places to
Some of our landscapes remain unchanged since long before the time of the Great Pyramids. And history is still being written here. You will find an unbroken timeline of sites dating from nearly 6,000 years ago to the present.
The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site is in the West
Home to painters, potters, furniture makers, jewellers, textile artists and sculptors, Orkney has a wealth of high-quality arts and crafts. It’s a place where traditions are kept alive and individual talents flourish.
The Orkney chair with its woven straw hood and the bride’s cog have been made here for hundreds of
Walking on Orkney takes you into beautiful open spaces and lets you lose yourself in nature. There are plenty of signposted routes, so you can choose an easy ramble or a long strenuous trek. And don’t forget your camera as the scenery is magnificent.
Cycling is also a pleasure with many
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
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