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.


Orkney and Shetland Islands Hotels

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


Orkney and Shetland Islands Restaurants

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

Things To Do in Orkney and Shetland Islands

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Orkney and Shetland Islands Experiences

  • Great Itineraries

    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

  • Top Reasons to Go to Orkney and Shetland Islands

    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

  • Island Festivals

    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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