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  • The causeway to the Brough of Birsay, West Mainland
    The causeway to the Brough of Birsay, West Mainland
  • Looking over farmland from Marwick to Hoy, Mainland
    Looking over farmland from Marwick to Hoy, Mainland
  • Heather near Hobbister, Mainland
    Hobbister, Mainland
  • Looking at the Hoy cliffs from the ferry, Orkney
    Looking at the Hoy cliffs from the ferry, Orkney
  • A plane flying from North Ronaldsay to Kirkwall
    Flying from North Ronaldsay to Kirkwall

Explore all of the islands of Orkney and the attractions and activities they all offer.

Plan an island hopping break around the islands to see wildlife, amazing scenery and fascinating historic sites.

Orkney is an archipelago lying 6 miles off the north east tip of Scotland with a landscape shaped and sculpted by the sea. Boasting 70 islands and over 600 miles of coastline, these islands are awash with sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, caves, rocky skerries and dramatic sea stacks.

Due to the Orkney island's position in the northern hemisphere, the summer days are long with around 18 hours of daylight. Even after the sun has set around 10.30pm, it is hidden just out of sight so the islands are never truly dark and experience an extended twilight, known locally as the 'simmer dim'.

Take a walk on some of the islands and you will uncover nature all around and discover a land of rolling green hills, golden barley fields, inland lochs and heather-covered moorland. The Isle of Hoy is distinguished by its sharply rising hills, glens and the infamous Old Man of Hoy, a colossal 450 ft sea stack.

Orkney has wildlife in abundance from the tens of thousands of seabirds nesting on the cliffs in summer to the Orkney vole which can only be found on these islands. You cannot fail to notice the plethora of sea bird species such as puffins, kittiwakes, tysties, ravens and the great Skua, making Orkney a birdwatcher’s dream.

The Isle of Hoy is home to a population of blue mountain hares and throughout the islands you will find common and grey seals basking on the rocky coastline. If you are lucky, you may spot the elusive otter hunting along the shoreline. Look out for porpoises, minke whales, dolphins and orcas passing through Orkney’s waters.

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  1. Balfour

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    Shapinsay

    Balfour is a small village situated in Elwick Bay on the Orkney island of Shapinsay.

  2. Rapness

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    Westray

    The settlement of Rapness is located at the southern tip of the island of Westray in the northern Orkney Isles.

  3. Lamb Holm

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    Orkney

    A small uninhabited island in Orkney which features a distinctive Italian Chapel, built by prisoners of war during WWII.

  4. Sanday

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    Orkney

    Dominated by sand dunes and unspoilt beaches, Sanday is the largest of the northerly Orkney Isles.

  5. Hoy & Graemsay

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    Orkney

    Hoy is located to the south of the archipelago and with an area of 57 square miles it is the second largest island in Orkney.

  6. Whitehall

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    Stronsay

    Whitehall is located on the Grice Ness peninsula between Mill Bay and Papa Sound on the Orkney island of Stronsay.....

  7. North Ronaldsay

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    Orkney

    Further north than the southern tip of Norway, but with a mild climate, North Ronaldsay is the furthest flung of the Orkney Isles.

  8. Stronsay

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    Orkney

    The island of Stronsay is about 7 miles long and is located in the east of the Orkney archipelago.

  9. Gradings

    Orkney

    Amidst the great tides of the Atlantic and the North Sea lies a group of islands that encompasses the unique heritage of Orkney.

  10. Westray

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    Orkney

    Westray has been described as 'The Queen of the Isles', it is the second largest of the North Isles with a population of around 600.

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