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  • The Fossil and Heritage Centre, Burray, Orkney
    The Fossil and Heritage Centre, Burray, Orkney
  • A child on the beach at Newark Bay, Mainland, Orkney
    A child on the beach at Newark Bay, Mainland, Orkney
  • Getting creative at The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
    The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
  • Two children explore rockpools looking for the local inhabitants, Orkney
    Two children explore rockpools looking for the local inhabitants, Orkney
  • Girl going into the Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay
    Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay

A place full of wonder and mystery, Orkney lends itself perfectly to a fun-filled family holiday. From season to season, there is plenty to discover on this stretch of over 70 islands and skerries.

There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across Orkney. You can follow the trails to ancient Viking sites which chronicle the history of the islands or cross the causeway to the Brough of Birsay at low tide. Follow the Orkney Craft Trail and visit artists in their workshops.

Why not head to a secluded beach for an afternoon’s picnic and seal spotting? Here the kids can explore rock pools to find minnows, crabs, anemones and admire the many wildlife species and seabirds that populate the islands.

There are also plenty of indoor adventures to be had if it’s a rainy day or you just feel like having some fun indoors. At the many museums and heritage centres you can uncover the enthralling past of these ancient islands, including the Corrigall and Kirbuster farm museums. Go for a swim in one of the islands' six swimming pools or enjoy the cinema, sports centre, new pool and climbing wall and at the Pickaquoy Centre. Or if you fancy getting creative, head to the Pier Arts Centre, which includes a great programme children's events.

Enjoy family-friendly events and festivals such as the Orkney International Science Festival. The programme for 2013 includes subjects such as Arctic exploration, the last of the Great Auks and stories and pictures from several of the islands. You can also get advice on how to teach quantum physics to your dog!

With so much to explore, discover and enjoy, there’s never a dull moment in Orkney.

Plan fun family days out in Orkney using the listings.

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  1. Old Man of Hoy

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Hoy

    Hoy means 'High Island' from the Old Norse 'HAEY'.

  2. Churchill Barriers

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    South Ronaldsay

    These four causeways were built after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak while it lay at harbour in Scapa Flow in October 1939.

  3. Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5,000 years old.

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Birsay

    Kirbuster is the last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe and was occupied right up until the 1960s.

  5. Odin Stone

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    The Odin Stone is a beautifully designed retail outlet housing an extensive selection of locally produced quality art and craft work.

  6. Scapa Flow

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Scapa Flow's landscape holds a treasure trove of natural, archaeological and cultural interest. visit www.scapaflow.co for more information on the area.

  7. Brough of Birsay

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Birsay

    The Brough of Birsay features the remains of a busy complex of Pictish, Norse and later settlements around Birsay Bay.

  8. The Workshop & Loft Gallery

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    South Ronaldsay

    The Workshop & Loft Gallery is a knitwear and craft co-operative selling high-quality handmade knitwear and a variety of the best Orkney crafts.

  9. Gradings

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  10. Barnhouse Neolithic Village

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stenness

    Barnhouse is an open site which is free to visit.

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