11 fun 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 over 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 the 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.

There are many fun things to do in Orkney

  • Visit Skara Brae: Skara Brae is a prehistoric village that dates back to around 5000 years ago. It’s one of the best-preserved examples of a Neolithic settlement in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the Ring of Brodgar: The Ring of Brodgar is a stone circle that dates back to the Neolithic era. It’s a popular spot for visitors and is located near the Standing Stones of Stenness.
  • Go birdwatching: Orkney is home to a variety of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and fulmars. Visitors can take a boat trip to see these birds up close.
  • Visit the Italian Chapel: The Italian Chapel is a beautiful chapel that was built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. It’s a unique and moving monument to the human spirit.
  • Take a walk along the beach: Orkney has some stunning beaches, including the Bay of Skaill and the Birsay Bay. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll or go for a swim if the weather permits.
  • Explore the Tomb of the Eagles: The Tomb of the Eagles is a chambered cairn that dates back to around 3000 BC. Visitors can take a tour of the site and see the human remains and artefacts that were discovered there.
  • Visit the Orkney Museum: The Orkney Museum is located in Kirkwall and has a collection of artefacts and exhibits that tell the story of Orkney’s history and culture.

Overall, Orkney is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and unique attractions, there’s plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages.

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