Take a trip to a nature reserve to spot rare wildlife, look out to the waters to see the sealife or simply go for a walk along one of the beautiful beaches. There are many great things to see and do to experience the nature and geography of Orkney.
Farming in Orkney and cultivation of the land has brought together a mixture of farmland and rugged wilderness, which has created a stunning mix of wild flowers and high quality crops.
Orkney's landscape is also defined by geological landmarks, dominated mainly by red sandstone which stands out dramatically. The Old Man of Hoy is one such example, a sea stack located close to the island of Hoy, while the Castle of Yesnaby is a rock stack found on the coast of the West Mainland. Both are popular with climbers who have dared to venture to the top.
Mull Head in Deerness is a nature reserve where the sheer cliffs are made of layered rocks, telling a tale which stretches back millions of years. Watch the sea as it crashes into the rocks, eroding the coastline to form caves, stacks, narrow inlets and geos. Also close-by, you can admire the Gloup, a collapsed sea cave near the car park.
Travel around the islands and between the towns and villages to discover the different landscapes from the beautiful sandy white beaches to the green farmland and clusters of beautiful flora and fauna.