the Bay of Creekland on the island of Hoy
the Bay of Creekland on the island of Hoy
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  • the Bay of Creekland on the island of Hoy
  • the pier in the Eday, one of Orkney's north isles
  • the famous Old Man of Hoy sea stack
  • wartime defences on the island of Flotta
  • playing at Hoy's spectacular Rackwick beach
  • the pier on the tiny island of Eglisay
  •  Rousay
  • Westray
Isles

The Orkney archipelago of around 70 islands is scattered across a pristine sea with 20 inhabited islands, each with its own distinct character.

Exploration by ferry or plane is a journey of adventure through history, natural beauty and culture while island folk are known for their warm welcome to visitors and new settlers.

The North Isles have close-knit communities and unique ways of life from farming the famous North Ronaldsay sheep to working towards energy self-sufficiency in Westray.

While in the South Isles, Flotta is known for its oil and Hoy for its wartime history, hillwalking and its Old Man rock stack.

Each has its own stories and from visiting you will gather many tales to tell.

Explore Isles
Sanday
Sanday
Sanday by name and sandy by nature, the largest island of Orkney’s North Isles is 16 miles long and has a population of around 550.  Sandy bays and dunes form part of the low-lying coast
 
Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre
Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre
Rousay has many major archaeological delights as the coast at Westness was an important power base from the Iron Age until the 19th century.  The coast from Midhowe Cairn and Broch to Westness
 
Isles photos from flickr
An Unusual April Sunset
St Michael's Kirk - Harray Parish
Erica's Kirkwall Blackening
Creeled lobsters
Orkney Shores 1
Orkney Shores 2
Broch of Gurness
Mike And His Labrador Puppy
The Orkney County Flag
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Orkney Islands look to local controls ahead of referendum
That is the dilemma facing some people who live in the Orkney islands, ahead of the referendum on whether Scotland becomes independent. With five months to go until the vote, some islanders are trying to bring issues such as fishing and renewable ...
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Scotland's Orkney and Shetland islands have banded together to push for more control over local issues as many remain on the fence over whether to vote for the country to break away from the rest of the UK. Scotland's secretary of state, as well as a ...
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Postcode plea by residents fed up with Orkney confusion
Caithness and parts of Sutherland currently share the same postcode as Orkney. Residents on the mainland say it is proving a major disadvantage with some delivery companies assuming the KW postal address means they are resident in the Orkney Islands.
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Steve Heddle, Convenor of the Orkney Islands Council, and part of the non-partisan umbrella group "Our Islands, Our Future" said there was an urgent case for the communities to be given greater control over their destinies. ?My personal opinion is that ...
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