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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. Ring of Brodgar

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stromness

    One of the finest stone circles in the world.

  2. Sheila Fleet Gallery

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Kirkwall

    Browse the beautiful designs of Orcadian jewellery maker Sheila Fleet alongside unique arts and crafts produced in Orkney and mainland Scotland.

  3. Banks Chambered Tombs

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    Historic Sites

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    Orkney

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

  4. Gradings

    Burray

    See an intriguing collection of rare fossils from Orkney and around the world and learn more about the heritage of the Orkney Isles.

  5. The Workshop & Loft Gallery

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    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.

  6. Gradings

    Stenness

    One of the most famous sites in Orkney.

  7. Stone of Setter

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Eday

    The Setter Stone, erected thousands of years ago, is one of the tallest megaliths in Orkney.

  8. Midhowe Chambered Tomb

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Rousay

    Welcome to Midhowe Chambered Tomb

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    South Ronaldsay

    Opening times 2013: March 10 am -12 noon, Apr - Sep 9.30 am - 5.30 pm Oct 9.30am -12.30pm and Nov - Feb by arrangement

  10. 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.

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