A fine selection of holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs, inns, lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc in north east Scotland. Includes the Orkney Islands and its UNESCO World Heritage Site the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney'. Pictured is the Old Man Of Hoy.
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Orkney Islands, Visitor & Tourism Guide

Just ten kilometres north of the Scottish mainland
Off the north coast of Scotland. South of the Shetlands.

The Orkneys are made up of about 70 islands and have a population of about 20,000. The administrative HQ is Kirkwall with its magnificent St Magnus Cathedral which dates from the twelfth century. The Norman architecture is attributed to the builders of Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site. To the south west of Mainland Orkney is Stromness.

UNESCO World Heritage
Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney’. Maes Howe, the Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brogar and, most famously, the prehistoric village of Skara Brae can all be found on Mainland Orkney. They offer a fascinating glimpse into life here up to 5000 years ago.

The Orkney Islands are home to one of Scotland's many National Scenic Areas. The Hoy & West Mainland NSA is to the south west of the archipelago.

Famous sea stacks
The Orkney Islands are perhaps most well know for the sea stack Old Man Of Hoy. First climbed by Chris Bonnington in 1966, a year later 23 million people watched a live ascent of the sea stack filmed by the BBC. As its name suggest, ‘The Old Man’ is on Hoy, an island south of Mainland Orkney so, if time’s tight head for Yesnaby Castle Rock Stack on the mainland to the west of the Ring of Brogar.

Getting there
Take a ferry or fly.

Flights leave from many major UK airports such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. By sea, take a ferry from Aberdeen or, at the top of mainland Scotland, Scrabster, Gill’s Bay or the famous John O’Groats. Refer to the Visit Orkney link below for further information.

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St Magnus Cathedral

Located in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Less than a mile away.

Founded in the twelfth century. Under Norwegian rule until the late fifteenth century (the island and parts of Scotland were ruled by Norway for many centuries). Norman architecture attributed to the builders of Durham C...

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Explore Orkney Tour, Orkney Islands

Located in Orkney Islands, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 8.2 miles away.

Explore Orkney is an exhilarating, unique and enjoyable holiday with an emphasis upon fun. You can choose your day trip or create an exciting tour over several days that will stretch your mind. Explore Orkney is a compan...

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Ring of Brodgar World Heritage Site

Located in Stromness, Orkney Islands, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 9.6 miles away.

A neolithic stone circle and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ring of Brodgar was built around 2500BC. Part of the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney', a World Heritage Site split into four sites: Maeshowe, the Standing Stones of...

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Houton Bay Lodge, Orphir
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Approximately 9.0 miles away.

Total Rooms: 8; Rates: £65 - £75 Per Night

With great views of Scapa Flow and the southern Orkney Islands, this charming inn offers generous and tasty fresh home-cooked food and clean, comfortable accommodation at attractive rates...

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Sands Hotel, Orkney
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Approximately 9.7 miles away.

Total Rooms: 6; Rates: £55 - £155 Per Night

Four star recently upgraded character building situated along the shore of Scapa Flow in Burray village All rooms are en suite overlooking the beach and pier where local fishermen work...

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Castle Arms Hotel, Mey
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Approximately 25.6 miles away.

Total Rooms: 8; Rates: £57 - £90 Per Night

The Castle Arms Hotel is a former 19th Century coaching inn, situated 8 miles from John O'Groats, in the village of Mey...

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