Orkney and Shetland Islands

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  • 1. Jarlshof

    Archaeological Site/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. 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

  • 3. Shetland Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    On the last remaining stretch of the old waterfront at the restored Hay's Dock, the striking Shetland Museum, with its sail-like tower, is the...Read More

  • 4. 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 it opened...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. Old Scatness

    Archaeological Site/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

  • 7. 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

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