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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Hoswick Visitor Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum with a small but impressive collection of knitting, spinning, and fishing paraphernania has an excellent café with cakes...

Jarlshof

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

In 1897, a huge storm blew away 4,000 years of sand to expose the extensive remains of Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish and Viking buildings,...

Mousa Broch

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Sandwick is the departure point for the passenger ferry to the tiny isle of Mousa, where you can see Mousa Broch, a fortified Iron Age...

Old Scatness

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Ongoing excavations at Old Scatness have uncovered the remains of an Iron Age village, including one building that still has a roof.

Shetland Croft House Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This 19th-century thatched house reveals the way of life of rural Shetlanders, which the traditionally attired attendant will be delighted...

St. Ninian's Isle

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

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