The Orcadian archipelago is a group of Islands lying to the North East of the Scottish mainland. Alongside a stunning rugged island landscape, Orkney also offers a fascinating insight into the cultural collaboration between the Scottish and Scandinavian influences upon this region over the centuries.
Orkney offers a glimpse at a fascinating historical timeline with evidence of Stone Age occupation, its pivotal role in the Viking invasions, medieval sites and the site of one of the most curious events of the Second World War. In 1999 large sections of Orkneys largest island were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to them boasting the most complete Neolithic village settlement in Europe alongside a range of other ancient monuments.
A trip to Orkney encompasses fascinating ancient sites including the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae, Maes Howe, The Tomb of the Eagles and the Standing Stones of Steness alongside more modern but no less fascinating attractions such as The Italian Chapel and The Churchill Barriers.
The Orkney Isles are accessed from the Scottish mainland via ferry therefore a trip to the Orkney Isles from Scotlands major airports and cities would most commonly involve touring through Scotland's North East. For more information on touring the North East and other areas and attractions which can be incorporated into your tour please browse the other tour page suggestions and feel free to get in touch with any questions.