Orkney and Shetland Islands

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

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  • 1. Highland Park Distillery


    Having come this far, you'll have earned a dram of the local single malt at one of Scotland's northernmost distilleries. It was founded around...Read More

  • 2. Italian Chapel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    During World War II, 550 Italian prisoners of war were captured in North Africa and sent to Orkney to assist with the building of the Churchill...Read More

  • 3. Bishop's and Earl's Palaces


    The Bishop's Palace dates to the 12th century when St. Magnus Cathedral was built. In 1253 this was the site of King Hakon IV of Norway's death...Read More

  • 4. Orkney Museum


    With artifacts from the Picts, the Vikings, and other ancient peoples, this museum—the former townhouse of the prosperous Bakie family of Tankerness...Read More

  • 5. Orkney Wireless Museum


    Vintage radio buffs will find this oddball museum fascinating. Amassed by the late Jim MacDonald, a radio operator during World War II, it tells...Read More

  • 6. 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 by...Read More

  • 7. 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 skulls...Read More

  • 8. Unstan Chambered Tomb

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This intriguing burial chamber lies within a 5,000-year-old cairn. Excavations here uncovered a collection of similarly designed pottery bowls...Read More

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