Orkney and Shetland Islands Travel Guide
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Plan Your Orkney and Shetland Islands Vacation
A Scandinavian heritage gives the 170 islets that make up Orkney and Shetland a history and an ambience different from that of any other region of Scotland. Both Orkney and Shetland are essentially austere and bleak, but they have awe-inspiring seascapes, fascinating seabirds, remarkable ancient ruins, and genuinely warm, friendly people. Although a trip to these remote islands requires time and effort, your reward will be a unique experience.
Accommodations in Orkney and Shetland are on par with mainland Scotland, with a growing range of stylish bed-and-breakfasts that might suit some travelers...read more
Kirkwall has an increasing number of good cafés and restaurants, as does Lerwick, but both islands now have memorable spots beyond the main towns, from...read more
Things To Do in Orkney and Shetland Islands
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Getting around is quite straightforward—the roads are good on both Shetland and Orkney. A fast and frequent interisland passenger- and car-ferry... Read more
Standing stones and ancient sites: Among the many Neolithic treasures in Orkney are the Ring of Brodgar, a 3,000-year old circle of standing... Read more
Islanders know how to celebrate their unique heritage and the performing arts. Joining one of the island festivals can be a memorable part of... Read more
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