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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Unst 3

Birsay 3

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Scalloway 2

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Weisdale 1

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Maes Howe

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The huge burial mound of Maes Howe, circa 2500 BC, measures 115 feet in diameter and contains an enormous burial chamber. It was raided...

Pier Arts Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

At the striking Pier Arts Centre, a gallery in a former merchant's house and adjoining buildings, huge sheets of glass offer tranquil...

Ring of Brodgar

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

About 5 miles northeast of Stromness, the Ring of Brodgar is a magnificent circle of 36 Neolithic standing stones (originally 60) surrounded...

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...

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...

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