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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Kirkwall 8

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Stromness and the Neolithic Sites 5

Unst 3

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Brae 2

Scalloway 2

Yell 1

Weisdale 1

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Broch of Gurness

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Gurness Broch, an Iron Age tower built between 500 BC and 200 BC, stands more than 10 feet high and is surrounded by stone huts, indicating...

Brough of Birsay

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

A Romanesque church can be seen at the Brough of Birsay, a tidal island with the remains of an early Pictish and then Norse settlement.

Marwick Head Nature Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds tends the remote Marwick Head Nature Reserve, where in spring and summer the cliffs are...

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