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Things to do in Orkney Islands

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Ness of Brodgar (Mainland)
Ranked #1 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
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Skara Brae (Mainland)
Ranked #2 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Historic Sites; Ancient Ruins
Owner description: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved... more » Owner description: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the attraction presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago. Visitors can experience a prehistoric village and see ancient homes fitted with stone beds, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house. « less
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Ranked #3 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Historic Sites; Religious Sites
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Ranked #4 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Historic Sites; Ancient Ruins; Mysterious Sites
Owner description: This is the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland, which is more than 340 feet in diameter consisting of 25... more » Owner description: This is the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland, which is more than 340 feet in diameter consisting of 25 stones, the largest of which is 15 feet in height. « less
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Yesnaby Cliffs (Mainland)
Ranked #5 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
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Ranked #6 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites
The site of two Neolithic tombs built by the same people responsible for Skara Brae.
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Broch of Gurness (Mainland)
Ranked #7 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Ancient Ruins; Museums
Ruins of ancient tower and huts used to defend the Scotish coastline from raiders.
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Italian Chapel (Mainland)
Ranked #8 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Historic Sites; Religious Sites
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Barony Mill (Birsay)
Ranked #9 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #10 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Museums
Owner description: Illustrations bring to life a unique collection of Orkney fossil fish. Learn how the landscape formed, find out how the... more » Owner description: Illustrations bring to life a unique collection of Orkney fossil fish. Learn how the landscape formed, find out how the Churchill Barriers were built and uncover local history through everyday objects. The Community Cafe at the Fossil and Heritage Centre serves good home-made food, a range of hearty soups, local produce and delicious home-bakes in a warm and friendly environment with lovely views. Well-stocked gift shop selling books, toys, fossils, jewellery, Orkney music CDs and a wide range of locally made crafts. Free wi-fi available « less
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North Ronaldsay Lighthouse (North Ronaldsay)
Ranked #11 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Lighthouses
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Ranked #12 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Geologic Formations
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Ranked #13 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #14 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Museums
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Ranked #15 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Mysterious Sites; Historic Sites
These mysterious standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge, date from 2000 BC.
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The Orkney Museum (Kirkwall)
Ranked #16 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: History Museums
This museum details the 5,000-year history of the islands.
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Ranked #17 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Ancient Ruins; History Museums
Owner description: Perched above the dramatic South Ronaldsay cliffs, the Isbister Chambered Cairn - better known today as the ‘Tomb of the... more » Owner description: Perched above the dramatic South Ronaldsay cliffs, the Isbister Chambered Cairn - better known today as the ‘Tomb of the Eagles’ - is one of Orkney’s top archaeological sites. Discovered by chance by local farmer Ronnie Simison in the 1950s, the Stone Age tomb revealed an amazing collection of bones and artefacts, placed here some 5,000 years ago. Roughly half a mile inland from the tomb is a Bronze Age site. It comprises a mound of burnt stone and the remains of a stone building, named after the ‘Liddle’ farm where Ronnie uncovered them. Excavations at the site have led to important discoveries about how people lived and worked in Orkney 3,000 years ago.Enjoy a unique ‘hands-on’ experience at the Visitor Centre, where you can see, and enjoy the privilege of handling some of the original artefacts found at the sites. During the main visitor season, fascinating displays and daily talks offer insights into the lives of these Stone Age and Bronze Age people. Explore some of the questions which remain unanswered. The Gift Shop offers a wide range of items, including many local crafts, books, hot and cold drinks and Orkney ice cream. There is a stunning walk from the Visitor Centre to the tomb, via the Bronze Age site - approximately 1 mile along a well-marked path. The maritime heath and grassland is alive in the summer with birds and wild flowers. More than 50 years after Ronnie Simison came across these remarkable sites, his family invite you to come and enjoy these well-loved visitor attractions. « less
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Ranked #18 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #19 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Historic Sites; Ancient Ruins; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #20 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Educational Sites; Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Military Museums
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Ranked #21 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Bodies of Water
Owner description: This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in over 10 sunken ship wrecks, providing an excellent dive... more » Owner description: This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in over 10 sunken ship wrecks, providing an excellent dive site. « less
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Ranked #22 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #23 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Specialty Museums
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Pier Arts Centre (Stromness)
Ranked #24 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney was established in 1979 to provide a home for an important collection of British fine art... more » Owner description: The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney was established in 1979 to provide a home for an important collection of British fine art donated by Margaret Gardiner (1904 - 2005). Alongside the permanent collection The Pier Arts Centre curates a year round programme of temporary exhibitions and events for the education and enjoyment of the general public. « less
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Ness Battery (Stromness)
Ranked #25 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #26 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Islands
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Stromness Museum (Stromness)
Ranked #27 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
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Ranked #28 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
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Ranked #29 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Specialty Museums

Orkney Wireless Museum An excellent way to kill some time on a rainy day in Kirkwall. Located just next to the harbour and ferry port, this little one-room museum has some... more »

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Ranked #30 of 61 attractions in Orkney Islands
Category: Ancient Ruins; Mysterious Sites; Historic Sites; Monuments/ Statues
A 5,000-year-old monument that's thought to be Britain's only rock-cut tomb.
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