Orkney Islands

Just 10 miles off the northern coast of Caithness in Scotland sits the Orkney Islands, compromising of approximately 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited, and is separated from the mainland of Scotland by the Pentland Firth. The largest island is known as the Mainland, while the other islands are separated into the North and South Isles, and most of the islands have lochs.

Orkney Islands Travel

flickr image by jo:wra

The main town and capital of the islands is Kirkwell, it is a charming town with narrow streets lined with gift shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels, and makes the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding islands. It is dominated by the breathtaking St Magnus Cathedral and is a must visit for any tourist.

Holidays on the Orkney Islands are all about enjoying the great outdoors, with the low-lying, rolling green fields, lochs and moorlands, while families will love spending days on the beaches like Scapa Beach, Skaill Beach and Waulkmill Beach.

Orkney Islands Scotland

flickr image by 0vlic0

If you want to sample the history of the Orkney Islands then you’ll find numerous Neolithic and Viking constructions on the Mainland. The North Isles are known for the ancient monuments like the Quoyness chambered cairn and the ruins of the only round-towered church in Orkney in Egilsay, while in the south east at Wyre is the Cubbie Roo’s Castle. There’s also history on the South Isles that surround the Scapa Flow like the 19th century Martello tower at South Walls.

Travel to Orkney Islands

flickr image by Mickey Bo

The Mainland has stunning surroundings with coastal cliffs in the north and west and two large lochs – the Loch of Harray and the Loch of Stenness. These make for the most breathtaking exploration, whether on foot or by bike. Nature lovers will also want to get out and about exploring, as the Orkney Islands have an abundance of wildlife including gray and common seals, and seabirds like puffins, and even otters, whales and dolphins.

Date posted: 12th May, 2017

Home > Articles > Orkney Islands
More Travel Articles

Scotland Info

Connect with eGuide Travel


Find a Holiday Destination

back to top