Orkney caters for all tastes and interests, attracting visitors of all ages to our shores. In addition to breathtakingly beautiful scenery, there's plenty to see and do as you'll discover for yourself. In fact Orkney offers so much, some serious planning will be needed to fit it all in!
Visitors to Orkney are spoilt for choice. Across the islands, our museums, galleries and visitor attractions tell Orkney's story, opening their doors to thousands of years of tradition, heritage and culture. In fact, many of our most popular attractions are the legacy of our ancestors - stunning prehistoric sites, stone circles and burial chambers that provide a unique insight to ancient civilisations. Today, they stand side by side with state-of-the-art visitor centres celebrating the arts, music, agriculture, food & drink and Orkney's wartime history.
Take the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness. It is a Visit Scotland 5 Star art gallery and museum and home to one of the most important collections of British art to be found anywhere in the UK. A much loved focal point for the local artistic community, this award-winning development is a stunning addition to Orkney's architectural heritage. The arts scene in Orkney is thriving, with independent galleries open for business and waiting to welcome you in towns and villages across the islands.
You've seen it in our shops, tasted it in our restaurants and bars and now it's time to find out how it's made! Distillery and brewery tours are a great way to discover what it takes to create our fabulous whiskies, beers and ales. Free samples, while not compulsory, are highly recommended!
Orkney is a great destination for families and on the days it decides to rain there's no shortage of things to do indoors. You'll find museums and visitor centres in Kirkwall, Stromness and across the islands which offer a fascinating insight to our colourful 10,000 year history. If you want to find out about our Norse origins, Viking intruders, wartime exploits and rich maritime heritage, we have it all covered. And if that's not enough, an exciting year-round programme of events and festivals celebrating Orkney's proud culture is guaranteed to keep you occupied when you visit us.