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Orkney in running for BBC Countryfile award

Orkney has been nominated for the Best Holiday Destination title in the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. We've been taking a look at why the islands are so special...

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Orkney is a fantastic place for a holiday, but now it appears that the word is really getting out!

The islands have been shortlisted as the Best Holiday Destination in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019, alongside some other beautiful locations, including Dumfries and Galloway and North Yorkshire.

It’s a real honour for Orkney, especially as the shortlists were drawn up after members of the public were asked for their nominations. Now we need you guys again – the winners will be decided by a public vote, which opens today, so visit the official website and show your support for Orkney! Be quick, as voting closes on Sunday 17th February.

There is another Orkney connection this year, too. The Ferry Inn in Stromness is in the running for the Best British Pub title, so don’t forget to vote for it as well!

Viewing the shortlist got us thinking; what is it about Orkney that makes it the perfect holiday destination? We've put together some ideas - click on each photo below to find out more...

We'd love to know what you think is so special about Orkney, and why it's your favourite holiday destination - get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to let us know!

Last year, more than 180,000 votes were cast by nearly 30,000 people, the biggest response the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards have ever experienced. Competition is fierce, so please do give the Orkney nominees your vote if you can. Find out how to vote via the offical website.


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