Orkney is special – as far as the eye can see. There’s no other place in the British Isles quite like it. Across its 70 islands, Orkney is spellbinding, invigorating, relaxing and welcoming. It’s all these things and so much more. It is blessed with an unusually temperate climate, there is plenty to experience including its justly world-famous monumental Neolithic and Iron age archaeology. Or why not take a day trip out to one of Orkney’s outer isles. You will never be short of things to do on Orkney.
Orkney is famous and an important habitat for birds and wildlife. With 19 highest level European Special Protection Areas or Special Areas of Conservation and one RAMSAR (International Wetlands) designation, set within around 750,000 acres of actively managed land as wildlife reserves, it is a nature lovers paradise. There are lots of RSPB reserves for those of you who like bird watching.
You will be spoilt for choice on the beaches front, many of which are sandy. From Airkerness beach here in Evie, to Rackwick Bay on Hoy, to the Bay of Skaill, Dingieshowe, Scapa Beach and Waulkmill Bay. There are far too many to list here. Why not pack up a picnic and take to the beach for a relaxing day out and a swim in Orkney’s clear blue waters.
If fishing is your thing, people fish off the beaches, but there are also numerous lochs on Orkney. The largest, the loch of Harray on mainland Orkney is the best wading loch alongside the loch of Stenness. Harray loch is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest. For more information on fishing click here to visit the Orkney Trout Fishing Association‘s website. Sinclairs in John street, Stromness has a huge selection of fishing goods, from weights to waders and pirks to pennels and the most valuable of all – local advice.
Perhaps Sailing is something that ‘floats your boat’! The main sailing regattas take place in Stromness and Kirkwall during July and August. There are other regattas and sailing events taking place throughout the summer months. For more information please visit the Orkney Sailing Club website.
The people are renowned as warm and friendly and the food available is some of the best in Scotland. View the Orkney Foodies Guide 2018/19.
Horse-riding, diving around the many shipwrecks, kayaking, ancestry tours, guided wildlife walks or even taking the world’s shortest flight (to Papa Westray)…. Orkney has so much to offer it is doubtful two weeks would be enough and you may find making your way back next year is a must!
More detail below on some of the key attractions on Orkney.