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  • Aerial view of the Ness of Brodgar excavations in Orkney

Archaeology & Other Sites

There’s a saying in Orkney that if you stick a spade into the ground, you’ll probably find an archaeological site.

Of course, we don’t recommend you go digging up our landscape (unless you’re a farmer, or an archaeologist) but incredible new discoveries are regularly being made throughout the islands.

Hundreds of fascinating archaeological and historical sites are scattered throughout the islands, meaning you’ll never run out of opportunities for a bit of time travelling during your stay.

Orkney is understandably a Mecca for archaeologists from around the world and you can study the subject here too, at the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Archaeology Institute in Kirkwall.

You can keep up to date with the latest archaeological dig news on the Orkney Archaeology Society’s website.