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. Jarlshof

    Ruins

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

  • 2. Mousa Broch

    Ruins

    Sandsayre Pier in Sandwick is the departure point for the passenger ferry to the tiny isle of Mousa, where you can see Mousa Broch, a fortified...Read More

  • 3. Shetland Crofthouse Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Nine miles south of Sandwick this 19th-century thatched house reveals the way of life of rural Shetlanders, which the traditionally attired...Read More

  • 4. St. Ninian's Isle

    Island

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

  • 5. Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Perhaps one of northern Europe's most stunning locations, this Robert Stevenson—grandfather of the writer Robert Louis—designed lighthouse,...Read More

  • 6. Hoswick Visitor Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    This café has an unmanned museum space that heaves with an impressive collection of vintage radios (hugely important to an island community...Read More

  • 7. Old Scatness

    Ruins

    This ongoing excavation of an Iron Age village is a worthwhile stop. Enthusiastic and entertaining guides, most in costume, tell stories that...Read More

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