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Orkney is one of Britain’s most distinctive holiday destinations - a scattering of green islands where the past seems ever present. As well as the thought-provoking monuments to vanished peoples, Orkney is also great for wildlife, seafood, angling and gentle touring.


Simply one of the most distinctive destinations in Scotland, Orkney offers a good holiday accommodation range. Choose your accommodation type here.

Map of Orkney Islands

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Easy-going walking, golf, until late in the evening in summer, great angling, superb dive sites, cruising, relaxed cycling - Orkney is certainly an active destination.

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Skara Brae, Orkney Ancient Orkney

Nowhere else in Britain has such a concentration of historic sites - simply bring your imagination to this inspiring place. See Listings for Historic Sites & Monuments in Orkney

Wildlife of Orkney »

Think Orkney, think seabird colonies - also divers and harriers, otters and seals. There’s even a ‘look out for otters’ road-sign within five minutes of Kirkwall’s main street.

Island Hopping »

Whichever island you choose, getting there is straightforward, thanks to fast, modern roll-on, roll-off ferry services.

Viking Graffiti

The burial tomb of Maes Howe was already about four thousand years old when 12th-century Vikings broke in and carved their runes on the walls plus a serpent, walrus and dragon.


From the principal Orkney collections at Tankerness House in Kirkwall, via two farm museums, plus the story of Scapa Flow - plenty to discover about Orkney’s past.

Museums & Galleries in Orkney

Italian Chapel, Orkney Italian Artists

On Lamb Holm, in 1945, Italian prisoners of war lovingly converted two Nissen huts into a chapel using concrete, plasterboard, wrought iron, paint and incredible dedication. A poignant memorial to the past. Italian Chapel