What to do in Orkney?

Lochs of Harray and Stenness from Stoneyhill. The Hoy Hills are in the background, while Odin is near the centre of the picture, below the Ward Hill

Apart from the diversity of archaeology and history, as well as natural history there is much to see and do in Orkney. For a small place there is a great variety of places to visit, ranging from spectacular cliffs, lovely beaches and sweeping landscapes, to remote islands.

Orkney has long been famous for its loch fishing, but many other activities are available, including scuba diving, specialist guided tours, boat trips and more. It is also a very good place for cycling and walking, but do beware of the busy main roads.

There is a wide range of eating establishments all over Orkney, ranging from high class restaurants to hotels large and small, Indian and Chinese to chip shops. There are plenty of interesting local shops as well as supermarkets in Kirkwall, Stromness and Dounby.

Both Kirkwall and Stromness have a wide range of good shops, with several outlets selling locally designed and produced jewellery, knitwear, crafts and speciality foods.

There are many good visitor attractions in Orkney apart from the main sites. These include several museums, heritage centres and visitor centres scattered all over the islands, ranging from the Highland Park Visitor Centre in Kirkwall to the Tomb of the Eagle on South Ronaldsay and the lighthouse on North Ronaldsay.


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