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
 
Erik Sundland - I just added "Orkney Islands Testing imgs" to Orkneys: http://t.co/vLsvk7sIT7
marinna robertson - Scottish Accommodation. Holiday Apartment in Stromness, Scotland. Walk, Tour Orkney Islands, Visit Skara Brae http://t.co/KU65VbDpHn
COSCA - The past is the new frontier. Especially in Scotland. Here is a step in the right direction ... http://t.co/cLIfOhY2St
Ginger and Nutmeg - Digging Scotland's Mysterious Orkney Islands dense with human artifacts called "the Egypt of the North." via @NatGeo http://t.co/LBvrpE2UM6
ArcheoScience - Scotland's first Archaeology Institute established in Orkney - Aberdeen Press and Journal http://t.co/lUvfwc0odI
Barbara J King - 1st #archaeology institute in #Scotland established on Orkney https://t.co/Dl90lualXx #anthropology
Google News
Orkney dig dispels caveman image of ancestors
Orkney's county archaeologist, Julie Gibson, who arrived in the islands more than 30 years ago to excavate a Viking cemetery, said: ?I've heard this place called the Egypt of the North. Turn over a rock around here and you're likely to find a new site.?.
Scotsman
University graduate Sophie Turner tells how love for Orkney made her give up ...
Instead, she's learning to be a stonemason in Orkney and says she couldn't be happier. Sophie first discovered Orkney as a child when she went on holiday to the island every year with her parents Sally and Ian. Originally from Nottingham, the family ...
Scottish Daily Record
In pictures: baton relay day 28 - Orkney Islands to Dingwall
In pictures: baton relay day 28 - Orkney Islands to Dingwall. Friday 11 July 2014. Today the Queen's Commonwealth Games baton is travelling down from the Orkney Islands to Dingwall. Today the Queen's Commonwealth Games baton is travelling down from ...
Herald Scotland
For Sale: Private Orkney Island & Coastal Farm For 600000 ? The Same As A ...
Littlequoy farm is located on the island of Burray, one of the Orkney Islands and is a blissful 28 miles from the nearest train station. A spokesman for the firm told Huffington Post UK: ?It is pretty unique property and compared to London it is very ...
Huffington Post UK