FROM sands to standing stones, Orkney is an oasis of attractions.
The islands are the ideal holiday destination as they include sandy beaches, historic sites and lots of wildlife.
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s world-class local produce and creative arts and crafts.
Here’s our list of the must see attractions on any visit to the archipelago.
The Italian Chapel
Moulded around an old Nissen Hut from whatever scraps they had by Italian Prisoners of War during World War Two.
Diving in Scapa Flow
Truly one of the world’s great dive sites. Qualified divers can savour some remarkable wreck dives.
Tomb of the Eagles
Sliding into this burial cairn on South Ronaldsay is all part of the fun at this oddball, but deeply fun historical site.
Old Man of Hoy
Walking out to gaze over this striking rock stack is the best way to really appreciate its drama.
Scapa Flow Museum
Scapa Flow is awash with war history from both World Wars when it was a major British Navy base.
The ferry trip out to this remote island is all part of the fun as you snake through the Orcadian archipelago.
The highlights are Midhowe Cairn, a 3,500-year-old burial chamber and striking Midhowe Broch.
World’s Shortest Flight
The tiny skip from Papa Westray to Westray is the world’s shortest flight, taking just over a minute!
Knap of Howar
Venture to this mini Skara Brae out on Papa Westray and you’ll usually be the only one soaking in the traces of our ancestors.
Walking on Westray
Neolithic sites, lovely beaches and plenty of wildlife make this a great island for rambling around.