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
(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
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
I rate South Ronaldsay as one of the jewels in the Orkney crown – it’s an island full of character and scenery. Our house is situated in the splendidly named Grimness at the northeast end of the island. Named after the Norse God Grim (an alternative name for Odin, the