About Orkney

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 visited 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.

 

New discoveries are being made every year, such as the exciting work being done at the Ness of Brodgar - Orkney's 'Neolithic Cathedral' - if you are on a holiday with us in mid July and August we will visit this amazing excavation. We include visits to ongoing excavations wherever possible in our tours, including the new excavation at the Knowe of Swandro in Rousay. 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. 

 

It’s a long walk to the Old Man of Hoy so we only go there on private tours, but you can see this famous sea stack from the Scrabster – Stromness ferry.  If you take a private holiday or tour with us you may choose your own itinerary and visit any of our other islands such as Westray to see the puffins and gannets at the Castle of Burrian or Noup Head, or to Papa Westray – but we’re afraid you won’t see the last Great Auk, just his memorial!

 

And of course there’s always the chance to spot seals at the Brough of Birsay or at Saviskaill in Rousay, or admire the wildflowers growing just about everywhere. Orchids are rare but not in Orkney – here we have orchids growing on the roadside verges. Whatever you want from your holiday or tour you will find it waiting for you in Orkney.  There's so much more in Orkney than most people imagine - and we look forward to showing you these sites and many more on one of our 'Orkney Adventure'  holidays or private tours.

Orkney Archaeology Tours, 

Bayview, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2LR  

VAT Reg. No. 107 1132 67   info@orktours.co.uk