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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. Shapinsay

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

  2. Dounby

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    Dounby

    Dounby is a village on Mainland Orkney located to the north of the Loch of Harray, 14 miles north west of Kirkwall.

  3. Eday

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    Eday is a long, thin island in the north of Orkney with beautiful panoramic views and farms and crofts adorning the coastal strip.

  4. Flotta

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    Flotta

    Flotta, from the Norse for 'flat isle'.

  5. Stromness

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    Stromness

    The captivating old town of Stromness is located on the shore of Hamnavoe, an inlet of Scapa Flow, and is the main ferry port on Orkney.

  6. Rendall

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    Rendall

    The old West Mainland parish of Rendall is situated on Widefirth Bay, looking out to Kirkwall and the northern isles of Orkney.

  7. Birsay

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    Birsay

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

  8. Deerness

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    Deerness

    Deerness is a peninsula located to the east end of Mainland, Orkney.

  9. Sanday

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    Orkney

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

  10. Balfour

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    Shapinsay

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

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