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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free
The wild, windswept Orkney Islands lie off the northernmost tip of the British mainland (at around the same latitude as Stockholm) and are noted for their stunning scenery and historic sites stretching back millennia. There are about 70 islands all up, though little over a dozen are populated. Much of the landscape consists of moors blanketed in heather or sweeping grasslands, with more varied terrain in places such as Hoy.

Spot puffins and seals, dive the wrecks of German war boats at Scapa Flow or simply walk the fields and beaches of this unspoilt natural wonder. And be sure to visit Orkney Mainland’s Skara Brae, the most impressive of the Stone Age remains dotting the islands; this UNESCO World Heritage site is Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village.

Practical Info

You can fly to Kirkwall from the larger Scottish cities, while a number of ferry services connect the islands with the mainland. Further ferries travel to outlying islands.

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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

4.5 star rating: Recommended 113 Reviews

This day trip from Inverness visits some of the main attractions of the Orkney Islands including Skara Brae, The Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, The Ring of ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.35

Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

Explore the Orkney Islands on this day trip from John O'Groats. Take the ferry and island hop across the Churchill Barriers to visit Kirkwall, home to the ...  Read more

Location: John O'Groats, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.83

5-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh Including the Scottish Highlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Venture to the far-flung Orkney Islands on a 5-day tour from Edinburgh with 3-star accommodation included, and visit top Highland towns and attractions, too! ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $824.11

3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Leave mainland Scotland behind and travel across the North Sea to reach the Orkney Islands on this incredible 3-day trip from Inverness. Remote yet enticing, ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $569.77

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