Orkney and Shetland Islands

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  • 1. Highland Park Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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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