Orkney has everything for the hopelessly romantic side in you.

Windswept beaches and long, dark nights, perfect for snuggling up in front of the fire.

Beautiful jewellery makers for when you want to pop the question and some of the best food and drink anyway in the country, just the thing for that special occasion.

It's why the islands were voted the UK's Most Romantic Destination by publishers Mills and Boon last year, and why you should take the trip north this time around!

We've put together five of our favourite romantic things to do in Orkney to win over your heart...

The Italian job

Orkney's iconic Italian Chapel is one of the enduring symbols of peace, faith and love to emerge from World War Two. It was created from two army Nissen huts by Italian prisoners of war, held on the tiny island of Lamb Holm during the 1940s. Visit the Chapel to discover exquisite religious artwork and the story of a passionate and enduring connection between Italy and Orkney. You might also hear the odd whispered tale of forbidden amore between Italian prisoners and local women.

Orkney's Italian Chapel - a romantic destination in the islands - image by Iain Sarjeant

Hungry for love?

We can't say for certain whether shellfish really is an aphrodisiac or not, but if you like it fresh, locally sourced and expertly cooked, Orkney's skilled chefs certainly know their way around a plate of scallops. They'll also cook you up sustainably hand-caught clams, razorfish (referred to locally as 'spoots'), lobster and crab too. Why not visit our Orkney Food and Drink producers and outlets to sample our edible delights for yourself? If shellfish isn't your thing, there's Orkney beef, cheese, ice cream, whisky, beer, oatcakes, fudge and all manner of other sensual, mouth-watering (and waistline altering) goodies available in the islands.

Enjoy a romantic meal in Orkney with some chocolates from the Orkney Chocolate Company to round things off

Give something unique to someone special

Orkney has the highest proportion of craft jewellers in the UK, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to seeking a beautiful handmade gift for a loved one. From traditional designs inspired by Orkney's rich history and culture, to more contemporary creations, quality is the thread that connects it all. Our makers will also be happy to work with you to design the perfect ring that your loved one will cherish forever. If you're seeking gold and silver island treasures, take a trip on our Craft Trail for inspiration.

A romantic ring made by Orkney jewellery maker Alison Moore Designs

The food of love

They say that music is the food of love - if that's true then Orkney is sure to satisfy the healthiest of romantic appetites. We're a community that likes a good tune, with writing, performing and listening to music a big part of island life. Throughout the year you'll hear traditional music, blues, jazz, rock and classical played in pubs and venues all over the islands. There are always concerts, ceilidhs and gigs to enjoy, along with our high profile events like the Orkney Folk Festival and the St Magnus Festival.

Eddi Reader in full flow at the Orkney Folk Festival - image by Leila Angus

Life's a beach

Sometimes all you want to do is get away from it all with your someone special. If that sounds like you, then Orkney has an abundance of breathtakingly beautiful, pristine and secluded beaches perfect for romantic walks. There's a good chance you'll see a selkie (seal) too, though with many local folklore legends about selkies shedding their skin and taking human form to woo shore-bound lovers, who knows where your wildlife spotting might end up. Some of our best beaches can be found in the island of Sanday, and if it's windswept you're looking for, Orkney's west coast is the perfect destination with its spectacular coastline.

Can you imagine you and your loved one strolling in solitude on this beautiful beach in the island of Sanday? Image by Iain Sarjeant

If you want to experience the romantic side of Orkney then view the late deals and offers available from our quality accommodation providers. Explore Orkney and everything it has to offer through our website and Orkney.com.