Orkney and Shetland Islands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Orkney and Shetland Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Shetland Museum

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On the last remaining stretch of the old waterfront at the restored Hay's Dock, the striking Shetland Museum, with its sail-like tower,...

Skara Brae and Skaill House

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

After a fierce storm in 1850, the laird of Breckness, William Graham Watt, discovered this cluster of Neolithic houses at the bottom...

St. Magnus Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Founded by the Norse earl Jarl Rognvald in 1137 and named for his uncle, this grand red-and-yellow sandstone cathedral was mostly finished...

St. Ninian's Isle

  • Island

It was on St. Ninian's Isle that a schoolboy helping archaeologists excavate the ruins of a 12th-century church discovered the St. Ninian...

Stromness Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The enchanting Stromness Museum has the feel of some grand Victorian's private collection but has, in fact, been community owned since...

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Designed by Robert Stevenson—grandfather of the writer Robert Louis—this was built in 1921 and was the first lighthouse in Shetland.

Tangwick Haa Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

After viewing the cliffs at Eshaness, call in at Tangwick Haa Museum, the 17th-century home of the Cheynes, now packed full with photographs...

Tomb of the Eagles

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

In 1958, while looking for stones for diking, local farmer Ronnie Simison found and excavated this chambered cairn, packed with 340 human...

Unst Heritage Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

The unique and colorful history of the people of Unst is told in this fascinating assemblage of artifacts, tools, photographs, and reconstructions...

Unstan Chambered Tomb

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This intriguing burial chamber lies within a 5,000-year-old cairn. Access to the tomb by trolley can be awkward for those with mobility...

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