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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. Hagi Hus Gallery

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    Galleries

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    Toab

    The Hagi Hús Gallery is small gallery showing the work of owner and artist Celia Clark. Celia is a digital artist who has been making work since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999.

  2. Knap of Howar

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Papa Westray

    Papa Westray is one of Orkney’s smaller isles, only about six square miles in extent, and much less hectic than its bigger neighbours in Orkney.

  3. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Harray

    Corrigall Farm Museum is a traditional ‘but and ben’ house that portrays a typical Orkney farmhouse and steading in the late 19th century.

  4. Dwarfie Stane

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Hoy

    Welcome to Dwarfie Stane.

  5. Vat of Kirbister

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    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Stronsay

    The Vat of Kirbister was formed when the roof of a large sea cave collapsed.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Orkney Pagan Weddings

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Harray

    Get married where, when and how you want in the beautiful Orkney islands. Also baby-namings, renewals of vows, Blessings and all other rituals to mark key stages of life. ***

  9. The Pier Arts Centre

    Type

    Arts Centres

    Gradings

    • 5 Arts Venue
    5 Arts Venue

    Stromness

    Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.

  10. Orkney Crafts Association

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Evie

    Orkney Crafts Association represents and promotes the interests of professional producers of exclusive, high quality crafts throughout Orkney.

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