The spiked blonde quiff hairstyles, the distinctive accents – it can only be the dynamic duo that is Jedward!
Orkney recently played a starring role in a new series of Jedward’s Big Adventure, a series that follows the twins as they visit various UNESCO historical sites around the UK. In this episode they trace the footsteps of the islands Neolithic past and and is a perfect way to mark the start of our Year of Natural Scotland 2013, a year that showcases Scotland’s natural landscape and beauty. Commenting on the start of the second season, the twins said:
“It’s an amazing experience filming this show and we can’t wait to visit more of the UK’s coolest visitor spots. We’ll be learning all the facts about each place, and we get to wear the craziest costumes. Watch out, Jedward is turning tour guide once more! It’s gonna be Jepic!”.
Visitors to Orkney can expect to experience geological formations dating back thousands of years, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe, Skara Brae and the Standing Stones of Stenness. Orkney is also a haven for wildlife lovers, has a range unique outdoor activities and an authentic arts and crafts scene.
Other Orkney Highlights include:
- Italian Chapel - The Italian Chapel was built by Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War. Built using only the most modest of
materials, the intricate interior is all the more impressive.
- Dwarfie Stane – Britain’s only example of rock-cut tomb, this 5,000 year old monument lies in a steep valley between Quoys and Rackwick on Hoy. This mysterious hollowed red standstone slab consists of a chamber with two side cells resemblijng small sleeping quarters.
- St Magnus Cathedral – Known as the ‘Light of the North’, the cathedral was founded in 1137.
- Orkney Craft Trail - From jewellery to traditional knitwear, pottery and runic rings, there is plenty to choose from. Enjoy personal tours which bring the areas crafts to life and visit the studios to witness the craftsmanship involved.
- Balfour Castle - The UK’s most northerly inhabited castle offers a unique style of accommodation on the island of Shapinsay.
To watch another clip from Jedward’s time in Orkney, try this BBC link.