12 things to do in Orkney

Orkney is a wonderful place to visit, we took the train and then the ferry across the Pentland firth from Scrabster to Stromness.  There is a very special atmosphere in Orkney, perhaps because the islands have been inhabited for 8,500 years. With some of the best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, there is much to see from this ancient world.

Orkney also has an abundance of marine and avian wildlife. Scuba diving is a very popular activity, especially around the wrecks of Scapa Flow. If your plan is to keep your feet firmly on the ground check out many of the stunning beaches or famous Highland Park Distillery.

We hired bikes in Kirkwall and made it across to Stromness in record time – thanks to a welcome tailwind.  Look out for Login’s Well,  sited at South End, Stromness, Captain Cook’s vessels Resolution and Discovery both watered here, before departing across the Atlantic.

Enjoy your trip to Orkney!

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For the ultimate diving holiday, the M.V. Invincible is Orkney’s largest dive boat with a length of 25m and is licensed to carry up to 12 passengers and three crew. The Invincible explores the many WW2 …

Come and see the beautiful coastline of Hoy and Orkney in a one of boat tour experience! The team at Island Tours of Hoy offer bespoke private tours every day daily throughout the year. Their scheduled …

Run by the local community, The Longhope Lifeboat Museum offers visitors the chance to learn about the fascinating maritime history of Orkney, as well as some insight into the tragedy that struck the area in 1969. …

Step into the ancient past at the Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, a tomb built almost 5,000 years ago! This grassy mound is more than meets the eye, with some of the most incredible neolithic architecture hidden inside. …

Skara Brae is recognised as one of the best-preserved Neolithic settlements in Western Europe. At some 5,000 years old, it is 2,900 years older than the Roman General, Julius Caesar. It was inhabited long before Stonehenge …

Nestled in a sheltered spot at Widewall Bay on South Ronaldsay, Herston Stained Glass run one and two day stained glass-making courses within their workshop. Inspired by the Orkney landscapes, Angela has been creating stained glass …