The Bay of Firth in Orkney has been the subject of a number of archaeological examinations in recent years. As seen in the BBC Two programme, it’s thought ancient remains can be found on the seabed, claimed by rising sea levels over thousands of years of history.

Although there are no diving opportunities in the area, it’s still a beautiful place to spend some time. The village of Finstown sits at the head of the bay, with lovely views available from the surrounding hills.

Finstown is also worth exploring itself, with plenty of attractions and opportunities to get out and about.

How to get there

Finstown can be found on the A965 halfway between Kirkwall and Stromness. The village is also on the main X1 bus route.

In the area

Cuween Hill Cairn – this cairn is like a mini-Maeshowe and is thought to be around 5,000 years old. The entrance passage is less than one metre high so be prepared to use your hands and knees to get inside. Remember to enjoy the sweeping views over the Bay of Firth when you arrive at the cairn.

Finstown – the village is a bustling little hub with a well-stocked shop, a pub, small businesses and a garage. There is also the newly re-opened Waterside Café with a menu full of local ingredients and stunning sea views.

Firth Community Garden – this local project in the heart of the village is a peaceful place to spend some time. The garden is full of plants, shrubs, flowers and trees with seating areas and grassy banks, perfect for soaking up the Orkney sun!

Binscarth Wood – On the western edge of Finstown you’ll find the largest stretch of woodland in Orkney. A walk through the trees at Binscarth is a unique experience. Follow the burn that runs through it and expect wildflowers and wildlife during the summer. There is also a walking route through the wood into the parish of Harray.

Find out more

Visit our dedicated West Mainland page for information on the area. Search for accommodation with Visit Orkney.