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!

And for those who have visited the islands before, let us remind you of what you're missing and invite you back. Orkney and its people have been welcoming visitors to its shores for thousands of years and many return to reconnect with a community, landscape and culture that is unique. There's no other place in the British Isles quite like Orkney.

Orkney is the perfect place to unwind and switch off. Many of its 70 islands are uninhabited and you'll enjoy wide open spaces with only the islands' wildlife for company. It is a land of breathtaking beauty whatever time of year you choose to visit. As you travel across Orkney, its Neolithic ancestry is evident in the many ancient monuments, stone circles and tombs that are testament to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status and a fascinating history stretching back 6,000 years. Today, in its towns and villages you will meet the people of Orkney and get in touch with the islands' distinct culture and traditions. There's no shortage of things to do. With museums, galleries, craft workshops, a thriving community of independent retailers and a wealth of visitor attractions, the spirit of Orkney is alive and well across all its islands.

And if that's not enough, Orkney was voted the most romantic destination in the UK by publishers Mills and Boon at its prestigious 2015 Romantics Awards. What better place to pop the question!

Orkney is a special place and we want you to make the most of your visit. Please take the time to explore our website for advice and information on how to get here, where to stay, places to visit and the extensive programme of events that will give you a true taste of life on the islands.We look forward to welcoming you very soon.