If you are planning your first trip to Orkney, you've come to the right place.Our website provides a taste of what you can expect - you're in for a real treat!
Orkney's capital is vibrant, busy and the islands' largest town. With great shops, restaurants and bars, it is popular with visitors eager to experience Orkney's unique culture, heritage and traditions.
Orkney's second largest town is an architectural gem, an inspiration for artists and writers, and a firm favourite with visitors
In the West Mainland, you'll discover a magical prehistoric landscape - The Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hauntingly beautiful, this is an area of ritual, mystery and great archaeological significance.
The area to the east and south east of Kirkwall is low-lying fertile farmland - it's cattle country! It is also home to sites of historic interest, sandy beaches and charming villages, with the famous Churchill Barriers taking travellers south to the islands of Burray and South Ronaldsay
Our digital guides will help you make the most of your visit...
Orkney welcomes visitors from around the world and offers accommodation that suits all tastes and budgets. Here's what you'll find on our islands - you'll be spoilt for choice!
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Whatever your idea of home from home, Orkney has it covered...
A cosy room and a hearty breakfast - just right for exploring the islands...
From 4 star pampering to old world charm and hospitality...
A warm welcome with the company of fellow guests...
The great outdoors all to yourself...
Just the thing for backpackers and campers...
You’ll be made very welcome and encouraged to get to know Orkney.There’s so much to explore and do!
Use our interactive map to explore some of Orkney's hidden attractions, as featured in BBC Two's 'Britain's Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney'.
A civilisation stretching back 10,000 years has many stories to tell.
With many things to see and do you’ll not want to miss out!.
Alive with the sights, sounds and colours of nature all year round...
Enjoy Orkney’s bars and restaurants. Eating in or taking out, you’re in for a treat!...
What's on your Orkney calendar this autumn?
Find out some of our favourite things to do in the islands over the coming months
Skara Brae, Orkney - image by Colin Keldie
Take a wild walk in the islands
Embrace the Orkney elements this autumn
The cliffs at Yesnaby, Orkney
Get off the beaten path
Come and visit uncovered Orkneyusing our special map
Quoyness Chambered Cairn in Sanday, Orkney - image by Colin Keldie
Head into the Hoy hills
Explore Orkney's high island on foot
Walking in the hills of Hoy, Orkney
Orkney stacks up
Discover some of our stunning sea stacks.
What I love about Orkney...
Local artist Ingrid Grieve shares her island inspirations...
Scapa Flow, Orkney
Go island hopping in Orkney
Visit Stronsay and other islands this year
The Vat of Kirbister in Stronsay, Orkney
There's something for everyonein the Orkney events calendar!
The Orkney Folk Festival in full swing - image by Sean Purser
Uncover the secretsof St Magnus
See behind the scenes of the UK'smost northerly cathedral
The interior of St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney
Footprints in time
Be inspired by Orkney - view and order the 2018 Visitor Guide
The Broch of Gurness in Orkney at sunset
Orkney is special - as far as the eye can see. There's no other place in the British Isles quite like it. Across its 70 islands, Orkney is spellbinding, invigorating, relaxing and welcoming - it's all these things and so much more.
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Just you, the great outdoors and all day to please yourself.Get back in touch with nature on Orkney
Don’t mind me!
You can’t keep me away from my favourite spot
Hours of fun searchingfor Groatie Buckies
It'll keep the little ones occupied, while you relax and take in the sea air
Step inside an ancient civilisation
You'll be in touch with 5,000 years of Orkney's history at the famous Dwarfie Stane on Hoy
We're all big kids at heart!
With miles of white sandy beaches and stunning coastlines, you'll not resist the temptation to get your feet wet!