The main town of Orkney, Kirkwall is a bustling harbour town which also serves as a fantastic gateway to discover more of these superb Scottish Islands. In fact the island’s beauty and charm earned Orkney the title of Mills and Boon’s Most Romantic UK Destination in 2015.
There is an abundance of fascinating historical and archaeological sites on the islands which allow you to unearth more about Orkney’s interesting and extensive history. Visit the Hearth of Neolithic Orkney: four sites which date back over 5000 years, predating the Stonehenge and earnings its title as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps the most renowned of the four is the Skara Brae where you can see what remains of this ancient village which may be one of the oldest ruins on earth. Furthermore back within Kirkwall itself, visit the stunning 12th century St Magnus Cathedral which is the most Northern Cathedral in the UK.
With so much to see on the different islands that make up Orkney, it is highly recommended that you grab a ferry ride, do a little island hopping and explore the spectacular outdoors that the different islands here have to offer. If you love the outdoors, then the isle of Hoy is a great choice to not only marvel at the dramatic cliffs which includes the infamous Sea Stack and the Old Man of Hoy, as well as the huge variety of birdlife found here. Go seal watching on the isle of Wyre or enjoy the beautiful idyllic beaches of Sandy; there really is so much choice.
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