Orkney is one big adventure playground. From teeing off on a coastal green and navigating the challenging cliffs and sea stacks, to diving to world-famous ship wrecks, it's the ideal spot to make the most of the great outdoors while enjoying fascinating wildlife along the way.
Walking and cycling are great ways to explore these magnificent islands and a game on one of Orkney’s excellent 18 and 9-hole golf courses offers a real challenge with stunning coastal backdrop.
For those looking to get the adrenaline pumping, climbing is an adventurous alternative. Orkney’s challenging cliffs and sea stacks are for experienced climbers only, but offer a unique perspective of the islands. A climbing highlight is the famous Old Man of Hoy, a 137 m sandstone stack which was first climbed in 1966. Could you be the next person to conquer it? Or you could put yourself forward for the annual Hoy Half Marathon, or simply lend the athletes your support.
For many people, the best way to discover Orkney is by sea. Due to the famous Orcadian winds, the islands are a haven for fishing, sailing, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing. Diving in Orkney is another watersport not to be missed, as there is more to see here than on your typical dive. Exploring the wrecks around the Orkney coast is an unforgettable experience, especially the remainder of the German naval fleet which was scuttled in Scapa Flow in 1919.
Make your trip to Orkney one to remember by immersing yourself in the wide range of fun and thrilling activities available throughout the year.