Orkney is the most amazing place - a group of around 70 magical islands off the north east coast of Scotland. You'll find once you've travelled to Orkney for the first time, you'll fall in love with it and want to return year after year. The amazing archaeology, history and culture of the islands and their people, the tranquillity, the changing seascapes, the big sky, the wildlife - all of these get a hold on you. Those of us lucky enough to live and work here all year round can't imagine why anyone would ever want to live anywhere else!
Orkney's archaeology is world class, and this was recognised with the granting of World Heritage Site Status to ''The Heart of Neolithic Orkney'' - consisting of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, Maeshowe chambered tomb and the amazing henge monuments of Brodgar and Stenness.
''I enjoyed the week-long Orkney Archaeology trip, visiting mainly Neolithic sites in the company of seven other tourists, guided by the amusing and informative Caz. We were lucky to see Orkney in sunshine most days, a beautiful and restful group of islands. There were one or two visits I was less interested in (Martello tower, Barony Mill and Italian chapel), but nonetheless these were attractive sites and were more than made up for by the major Neolithic sites such as Skara Brae, the Ness of Brodgar excavation, Mine Howe etc. Caz took great care of us, the hotel was very comfortable and the whole trip was very well organised and managed. Visiting the sites in the company of a trained archaeologist certainly brought a great deal of extra insight into the features and mysteries associated with the ancient past''.
For much useful information on Orkney have a look at the Orkneyjar website
New discoveries are being made every year, such as the exciting work being done at the Ness of Brodgar - Orkney's 'Neolithic Cathedral'. We include visits to ongoing excavations wherever possible in our tours. And since Orkney is more than just the Mainland our holidays also introduce you to the joys of visiting the smaller and less frequented of Orkney's islands.
Of course Orkney has many other attractions: our food, drink, culture and music. We have a world class art gallery in Stromness at the Pier Arts Centre, the annual culture and musical extravaganza of the St Magnus Festival, and of course the vibrant traditional music scene, the highlight of which is the Orkney Folk Festival.
If you like your folk music with a stomp you'll enjoy the contribution from local band The Chair, seen here playing at the Trad Awards: