On Orkney, there's so much to discover and enjoy. For a start, there's 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited, just waiting to be explored, each with its own unique character and charm. There's a staggering number of attractions that simply should not be missed. So take our advice and get to know our local experts who will help you make the most of your visit.
Whether you are planning a short break or a more leisurely holiday, Orkney tourism and transport operators will get you to your destination in no time. Here, there's no shortage of local experts happy to share their knowledge of the islands and help you plan your itinerary.
Island hopping is easy with regular ferry services to the inner and outer isles - just hop on and buy your ticket on board. Once you've reached your destination of choice, local tour guides can meet you from the ferry, provide a welcoming lunch and then ensure you see all the island has to offer before your boat departs for home. Many of the guides are local islanders and what they don't know about their home is not worth knowing! You'll be in good hands for sure.
Many guided tours are designed to make sure you don't miss Orkney's star turns!. St Magnus Cathedral, Skara Brae, the Italian Chapel, Ring of Brodgar, the Old Man of Hoy - the list goes on. There's so much to see, but a planned tour can relieve the stress allowing you to relax, experience Orkney's iconic attractions and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way.
If you have a specific area of interest then we have just the tour package for you. Themed tours focusing on the islands' history, wildlife and archaeological heritage are increasingly popular with visitors. For nature lovers in search of rarities such as the tiny Scottish Primrose or on the look-out for puffins or seals, a professional guiding service will lead you to the right spot in no time and happily answer all your questions. Experts are also on hand at our 13 RSPB reserves dotted across the islands.
Orkney has thousands of sites of archaeological interest - ancient structures and stunning Neolithic monuments that attract enthusiasts from around the world. Each has a very special story to tell and our friends from Historic Scotland and the Orkney Archaeology Society can guide you to these very special places and share their expert knowledge with you.
Tours and trails which explore Orkney's Viking heritage, recount the islands' exploits in the two great World Wars and reveal the treasures of our craft industry are also highly recommended.