Orkney Isles (Islands)

All the Attractions full contact details and a map to show where everything is. Harbours, museums, ancient ruins, distilleries, visitor centres, churches, and the Prehistoric Village. Orkney is an archipelago of the north coast of Scotland. Orkney has circa 70 islands, two third of which are uninhabited. The Mainland is the largest of which Kirkwall is its main centre. The Orkney islands have been occupied for over 8000 years. Orkney has  the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe. The village of Skara Brae on the west coast of the mainland near Loch Skaill is a Neolithic settlement, found in 1850 due to a storm unearthing the ruins and it is said to have been inhabited circa 4000 years. Once a Viking pirate stronghold before being taken over by Norway. circa 850. In 1746 after the defeat of the Jacobite army at Culloden, the Orkney Islands held out against the English army for over a month before it was taken. The population of the Orkney Islands is circa 20,000 in summer the cruise ships visit which bring in 100,000 of visitors, all be it on a daily basis.

See and Do in Orkney.

Kirkwall Airport

Kirkwall KW15 1TH 01856 872421

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

B9056, Stromness Mainland Orkney KW16 3LR 01856 841815

Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn

Old Finstown Road Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1TR (nearest)

Cuween Hill, Chambered Cairn

Old Finstown Road, Finstown Mainland Orkney KW17 2EJ

Orkney Brewery

Quoyloo Stromness Mainland Orkney KW16 3LT 01856 841 777 The Orkney brewery can be found in Quoyloo one mile from Skara Brae Orkney.

St Magnus’ Cathedral

Broad Street, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1NX

Scapa Distillery Visitors Centre

Scapa, Kirkwall KW15 1SE 01856 873269

Scapa Flow

A961, Orkney KW17 2RZ

A natural harbour surrounded by the Orkney Islands. The best views from the Churchill Barriers. The Churchill Barriers were built by Italian POWs after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak. The POW’S made concrete blocks and then filled the channels between the islands. A road was then constructed on the blocks. On the first island Lamb holm the POW’s built a chapel which can still be seen today.

Italian Chapel

Lamb holm, Orkney KW17 2RT 01856 781580

Churchill Barriers

A961 Road linking

Glimps Holm,  Lamb Holm, Burray and South Ronaldsay

Tomb of the Eagles Visitor Centre

Liddle St. Margaret’s Hope Orkney Scotland KW17 2RW 01856 831 339

The Gloup & Mull Head Nature Reserve

Deerness Orkney

Broch of Gurness

Aikerness, Evie, Orkney KW17 2NH, 01856 751414

HMS Royal Oak War Memorial and Garden

Old Scapa Road Kirkwall Orkney Mainland KW15 1SD

Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement

B9055, Stromness, Orkney Mainland KW16 3JZ

Orkneyinga Saga Centre

1 Gyre Road, Houton Orphir Orkney Mainland KW17 2RD

The Old Man of Hoy

B9047, Stromness Orkney Mainland KW16 3NJ

Barony Mills Orkney

Birsay Orkney Mainland KW1 72LY 01856721439

Ring of Brodgar

B9055, between Loch of Harray and Loch of Stenness Stromness Orkney Mainland KW16 3JZ

Stromness Museum

52 Alfred Street, Stromness· Orkney Mainland KW16 3DH 01856 850025

Highland Park Distillery

Holm Road Kirkwall, Mainland Orkney KW15 1SU +44 1856 874619

Pier Arts Centre

Victoria Street, Stromness· Mainland Orkney 01856 850209

Orkney Museum, Tankerness House,

Broad Street, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney 01856 873535

Orkney Wireless Museum

1 Junction Road, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1LB +44 1856 871400

The Earl’s Palace Birsay

1 Bridge, Birsay, Mainland Orkney KW17 2LX

The Bishop’s Palace

Palace Road, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1PD +44 1856 871918

The Earl’s Palace Kirkwall

Palace Road, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1PD +44 1856 871918

The Watergate

Watergate Kirkwall Orkney Mainland KW15 1PD

Old Custom House

33 Albert Street, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1HL

Laing Plaque and Big Tree

61 Albert Street Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1HQ

The Big Tree in Kirkwall is a sycamore of about 200 years old. Planted by Robert Laing father of Samuel and Malcolm who were born here 1780 and 1762 respectively. Plaque on wall of 61 Albert Street.

Yesnaby Cliffs

Yesnaby Road, Stromness Mainland Orkney KW16 3LP

Ness Battery

Ness Rd, Stromness Mainland Orkney KW16 3DL

Deerness Gin Distillery

Newhall, Deerness, Mainland Orkney KW172QJ, +44 1856 741264

Grain Earth House

Skua Road Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1GP

Scapa Crafts

12 Scapa Road, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1BJ +44 1856 872517

Orkney Library & Archive

44 Junction Road, Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1AG, +44 1856 873166

Kirkwall Harbour Marina

Shore Street Kirkwall Mainland Orkney KW15 1LE +44 1856 871313