Towns and villages in Orkney

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  • Broad Street, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
    Broad Street, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
  • Looking across to water to Pierowall, Westray
    Pierowall, Westray
  • A couple walking down Front Road, St Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay, Orkney
    A couple walking down Front Road, St Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay, Orkney
  • Stomness harbour
    Stomness harbour

Discover the individual character and history of Orkney’s towns and villages. Find out more about these charming towns and quaint villages with information on things to see and do, food and drink and more.

Plan your trip and organise accommodation in one of these fantastic towns and villages in Orkney using the detailed listings. Go island hopping to discover more of the towns and villages, or find out more and plan your trip using the Orkney area overview.

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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. Rackwick

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    Hoy

    The settlement of Rackwick is a situated on the bay of Rackwick, on the west coast of Hoy in the Orkney islands.

  3. Birsay

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    Birsay

    Birsay, in Orkney's West Mainland, boasts the ruins of the once mighty Earl's Palace.

  4. 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.

  5. Shapinsay

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    Orkney

    Shapinsay is a small, low-lying island just a few miles north east of Kirkwall in Orkney.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Papa Westray

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    Orkney

    Papa Westray, or 'Papay', as it is known locally, is located across the Papa Sound from Westray in the north of the Orkney Isles.

  9. Orkney

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    Orkney

    Orkney is a truly unique destination. A deep sense of history can be felt everywhere in the 70 or so scattered islands that make up the archipelago, islands where life is defined by the past and sculpted by the sea.

  10. Evie

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    Evie

    The village of Evie is located to the north of Mainland, Orkney, close to the Broch of Gurness.

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