Things to see and do in Orkney

Welcome to Orkney, an archipelago of around 70 islands which contain a remarkable selection of things to see and do which are as diverse as the islands themselves. Discover the unique characteristics of the islands as you explore and sample the delicious local produce, enjoy the arts and crafts scene and admire the beauty of the remarkable birdlife. What’s more, Orkney is home to many great attractions including the Heart of Neolithic Orkney - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Close up shot of puffins on the Pentland Skerries

Birdwatching trips

Spot an impressive range of bird species in the natural surroundings of Orkney.

A boy looking into a dwelling at Skara Brae


Find itineraries for Orkney - use the idea to plan a few days exploring history, arts and crafts or food and drink.

Stomness harbour

Towns and villages

Discover the individual character and history of Orkney’s towns and villages.

The ferry sailing past the island of Hoy

Island hopping

Island hopping is the ideal way to discover the unique characteristics of each of Orkney's islands.