Return to the Stone, Bronze & Iron Ages
Please don't hesitate to consider a visit to Orkney; it's not as far away as you might think !
There are two ferry routes that ply back and forth across the Pentland Firth, the stretch of water between the Scottish mainland and the Islands of Orkney. One takes an hour and the other just a bit longer. We always recommend making a round trip by using one route going north and the other back to the mainland.
Orkney has some of the most astonishing prehistoric sites to be found anywhere in Northern Europe.
Visit the ancient village of Skara Brae, the Tomb of the Eagles, the Standing Stones of the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness, and Maeshowe, over 5000 years old and considered to be the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe. Unfortunately, nobody knows who or what was buried there as the Vikings broke in during the 12th century and stole the contents. They did however, leave some genuine Norse graffiti on the walls to let everyone know they had been. On mid-winter's day, the low north sun shines directly into Maeshowe lighting up the tomb.
Orkney is also home to many craft workshops like Sheila Fleet Jewellery, and also the Highland Park Distillery. There's First & Second World War history to be found in and about 'Scapa Flow' leaving something for everyone if you go looking for it. A mass of things to do on Orkney but seldom time to do as much as you would like.
Tour Orkney with one of our cars and driver/guides and get the most from your visit to the most intriguing islands around the North European coasts.
Orkney's 'Italian Chapel ' - one of the most incredible places of worship you'll find anywhere
A visit to Orkney can also be tied in to a visit to the even more northerly Islands of Shetland. For lovers of historic sites, there you'll find the Broch of Mousa, one of the best preserved Brochs left standing anywhere dating back to 100BC.