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What’s on Orkney

The tranquil and friendly Orkney Islands have a Neolithic heritage going back more than 5,500 years, much of it still standing. As a result, there are numerous archaeological attractions throughout the islands, including the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae on Mainland Orkney. Orkney is also internationally renowned for the abundance of birds and marine wildlife that inhabit the islands throughout the year, making it a premier all-season destination for nature lovers. Orkney’s diverse ranges of habitats are good for plants as well as wildlife, and a wide variety of wild flowers bloom each year in the islands. The Orkney Islands divide naturally into three regions - the North Isles, the South Isles and the Mainland. All offer you a rich mix of cultural, sporting and leisure activities and events - from golfing and walking, to sailing and cycling – in a temperate, welcoming environment.

regional highlights

23rd - 26th October 2014, Orkney:

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

May - October, Rousay

Trumland House is a Jacobean-style mansion designed by David Bryce and completed in 1876.

March/April - October, Orkney:

Situated close to the pier, the museum tells the history of Scapa Flow and the story of its naval anchorage in the two World Wars.

March - October, Orkney:

Corrigall Farm Museum is a traditional ‘but and ben’ house.

March - October, Birsay:

The last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe, the Museum also has a collection of farming memorabilia as well as an Edwardian parlour and Victorian gardens.

Year-round, Rousay:

Constructed and used between 200BC and 200AD, Midhowe Broch is perhaps the most impressive broch in the Orkney Isles.

Year round, Orkney:

A recently rediscovered Iron Age chamber and the subject of two Time Team programmes.

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.

Open year-round, Stromness

Come and see the best preserved prehistoric village in Northern Europe.


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