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
 
Scotland Has Decided - RT @DoubleEph: Final #indyref results. Resounding No from the Orkney Islands which is quite interesting
Abby - @Captain_Revo Islands have names but, yeah. I've seen on used but I suppose it's a misuse on the assumption that 'Orkney' is one island.
Kassim Momodu - RT @DoubleEph: Final #indyref results. Resounding No from the Orkney Islands which is quite interesting
AbdulHakim U. G. - RT @DoubleEph: Final #indyref results. Resounding No from the Orkney Islands which is quite interesting
ijeoma Ezeasor - RT @DoubleEph: Final #indyref results. Resounding No from the Orkney Islands which is quite interesting
Miriam Mouriño - RT @SermosGaliza: [INTERNACIONAL] Orkney Islands, cun Non maioritario e electorado de 17,806.
Google News
Scottish Independence: Orkney and Shetland may have own vote
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has re-opened the row over the status of Orkney and Shetland ? insisting they could have a separate vote on their future. The northern isles MP dismissed as ?nonsense? claims from some Yes supporters that local ...
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Cruise ships give Orkney economy £3m boost
During 2014, income in the form of harbour dues paid to Orkney Islands Council Marine Services from cruise ship port calls has topped £1 million for the first time. This is an increase of just under 30 per cent on last year's figure of £790,000. ?The ...
Scotsman
Scotland: Yes Vote Gaining Ground On Islands
Despite being relatively small and far away from high-profile referendum campaigns on mainland Scotland, islands such as the Shetlands and Orkney are said to be major battlegrounds in the independence referendum. The Shetland Islands lie 100 miles ...
Sky News
Convener of Orkney Islands Council backs Yes vote
The backing of the Convener of Orkney Islands Council Steven Heddle has been welcomed as a significant boost to the Yes campaign by Nicola Sturgeon today. Writing in a personal capacity in today's edition of the Orcadian, independent councillor Steven ...
SNP (press release)