Welcome to the Orkney Islands

An archipelago of 70 islands

If you really want to get away from it all then a trip to the Orkney Islands is a must. Out of the 70 islands only 20 are inhabited and with a population of just over 20,000 people, the Orkney Islands has a close knit and wonderful community spirit. 

Life in the Orkney Islands is perhaps a lot less busy than the norm but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Things to Do. The islands are over 6,000 years old and have incredible historical attractions from the Heart of Neolithic Orkney ( which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the Old Man of Hoy - an astonishing 450ft geographical formation. The untouched landscaped of the islands are also home to an abundance of wildlife and plant life. 

With a vibrant community spirit there is a buzzing arts and crafts scene in the Orkney Islands. Visitors can follow the Orkney Craft Trail to see furniture, pottery, jewellery, art and more. 

If you're planning on heading to the Orkney Islands on part of your holiday in Scotland, why not stay in a pub? Guests can choose from a range of rooms from budget accommodation to luxury suites. If you are bored of traditional bed and breakfasts and hotels, then pubs are a great alternative as they offer not just rooms, but great food and drink, and a lively atmosphere. 

To start planning your perfect getaway to the Orkney Islands please use the search below. To find out more about what to visit please see our Things to Do section.

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