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What’s on Mainland Orkney

Orkney’s main island is simply referred to as the Mainland, with most of its population living in and around the towns of Kirkwall and Stromness. Must-see archaeological attractions here include the Ring of Brodgar stone circle, the chambered cairn of Maeshowe and the incredibly well-preserved Skara Brae village. A wide range of sporting and outdoor activities are available, making for action-packed days out, and there are a variety of annual events and festivals for everyone to enjoy. Too many to list in full here, these include the Orkney Folk Festival, which takes place in May; The St Magnus Festival, which celebrates the arts in its many forms each summer; The County Show, which gives farmers the chance to meet, compete and showcase the best of Orkney farming produce every August; and the Orkney International Science Festival, which attracts world-class speakers and scientific experts to the islands each September.

area highlights

April - September, Orkney

Strikingly positioned beside Eynhallow Sound with views across to the island of Rousay, the Broch of Gurness (Aikerness Broch) is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of a later prehistoric (Iron-Age) settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.

May-September, Orkney Islands:

A water-powered meal mill and kiln built in 1873 and still in operation today.

April - September, Kirkwall:

Two of Scotland’s finest examples of architecture, and highlighting Orkney’s close Norse and ecclesiastical links, the palaces are located near St Magnus cathedral.

April - September, Kirkwall:

A fascinating collection tracing the history of early domestic radio and wartime communications in Orkney.

23rd - 26th October 2014, Orkney:

The annual Orkney Storytelling Festival is now firmly established in the Orkney calendar.

Year-round, Orkney:

Click Mill is the last surviving horizontal water mill in Orkney, of a type well represented in Shetland and Lewis.

Year-round, Stromness:

Many of the museum’s exhibits reflect the importance of Orkney’s maritime history.

Year-round, Stromness:

A highly acclaimed modern art gallery housing an important collection of British fine art donated by Margaret Gardiner.

Year-round, Orkney:

A late Neolithic circle of 27 upright stones and one of the finest stone circles anywhere, this great henge monument is situated on the Ness of Brodgar, a short distance away from the Stones of Stenness.

Year-round, Kirkwall:

A fine example of Romano-Gothic architecture, St Magnus Cathedral took about 300 years to build (the foundations starting in 1137) and is of international significance.

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