Orkney Islands Travel Guide

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Orkney Islands Overview

The Orkney Islands are an archipelago of approximately 70 islands some 10 miles (16 km) off the northern coast of Scotland.

The Orkneys have been settled since the Neolithic Period. There is plenty to do on the islands. They are easy to navigate. The islands are great for culture holidays and sight-seeing

Mainland - the main centre
Shapinsay - quiet island, a short hop from Kirkwall
Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre - Rousay is packed with ruins
Hoy - Old Man of Hoy and good walking
Eday -
Sanday - a quiet haven, with long sandy beaches
Westray & Papa Westray - good for birds
South Ronaldsay - rolling farmland
North Ronaldsay

Skara Brae, 30km west of Kirkwall , a large very well preserved stone-built village, over 5000 years old. Admission: adult £6.00, child £2.40, concessions £4.50.