A sample of things to do

  1. Walking
    Walking
    Orkney is a great place for walks with dramatic coast lines, wildlife and beaches. Do keep an eye on the weather though, it can change rapidly.
  2. Skara Brae Neolithic Site
    Skara Brae Neolithic Site
    Long before Stonehenge or even the Egyptian pyramids were built, Skara Brae was a thriving village. Step back 5,000 years in time to explore the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe
  3. Skara Brae Twilight Tours
    Skara Brae Twilight Tours
    An exclusive opportunity to visit the site when it is closed to the general public and access one of the houses and workshop areas. This 45 minute tour allows you to truly get up close to prehistoric history. Booking essential.
  4. The Ness of Brodgar
    The Ness of Brodgar
    The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological dig just along from the Ring of Brodgar. The site is open to the public for tours for 6 weeks during July and August.
Skara Brae
Twilight Tours
Orkney Walks
Ness of Brodgar
  1. Island Hopping
    Island Hopping
    Orkney ferries operate between Orkney's mainland and thirteen surrounding islands. If travelling as foot passengers you can usually turn up on the day but it is advisable to book if you would like to take a vehicle across.
  2. Barony Working Mill
    Barony Working Mill
    Barony Mill is the only working mill in the UK that mills Bere Barley. Pop along for a free tour during the summer months. Donations are always welcome.
  3. Wildlife
    Wildlife
    Orkney is a wonderful place to spot wildlife and is home to a number of rare species of animals.
  4. Sunday Excursions
    Sunday Excursions
    Throughout the summer and in addition to normal Sunday sailings there are a number of excursions between the Outer North Isles. This is an excellent way of seeing more than one island in one day, especially if your time in Orkney is limited. Just turn up on the day.
Barony Mill
wildlife
Island Hopping
Sunday Excursions
  1. Beaches
    Beaches
    There are plenty of white sandy beaches to explore in Orkney. All are dog friendly and many have car parking areas nearby.
  2. Wrigley and the Reel
    Wrigley and the Reel
    The Reel is a licensed Café Bar, Venue, Music Shop and Music School situated next door to St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. There are traditional live music events throughout the year so keep an eye out for what's on next.
  3. St Magnus Cathedral
    St Magnus Cathedral
    Britain’s most northerly Cathedral built of red sandstone is well worth a visit. Entrance is free but donations are welcome. Upstairs tours are also offered for around £7.50 but must be booked in advance.
  4. RSPB
    RSPB
    The RSPB look after 13 nature reserves, ranging from seacliffs and farmland to wetland and moorland. The amazing range of habitats produces an unforgettable range of wildlife, with something to see all year-round.
Wrigley and the Reel
St Magnus Cathedral
Beach Guide
RSPB Website and Events