Lying just off Scotland’s north coast, this archipelago consists of around 70 islands and skerries – rocky islets too small for habitation – with sandy beaches surrounded by glittering blue waters.
The smaller isles offer unaccustomed serenity, while the largest – called Mainland locally – has most of the population and attractions that include stunning prehistoric archaeological sites. Everywhere idyllic beaches and impressive seascapes conspire to create a hauntingly magical atmosphere.
Orkney is one of the best places in the British Isles to see seabirds, raptors and cetaceans (whales and dolphins). Whatever the time of year there is invariably some special sight to see – from hen harriers birds performing aerial acrobatics to orcas hunting along the shoreline, or the many migrant bird species that pass through.
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