A child on the beach at Newark Bay, Mainland, Orkney
The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
Two children explore rockpools looking for the local inhabitants, Orkney
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.
The Ness of Brodgar is the excavation of a massive Neolithic walled enclosure that contains numerous well preserved monumental stone buildings on an unparalleled scale –best known from its media coverage as Orkney’s Neolithic Cathedral’.