Orkney and Shetland Islands

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  • 1. Clickimin Broch

    Military Site

    A stone tower on the site of what was originally an Iron Age fortification, Clickimin Broch makes a good introduction to these mysterious buildings...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Mareel

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Next to the Shetland Museum, the bold and beautiful—although somewhat brutal around the back—Mareel is Shetland's adventurous and ambitious...Read More

  • 6. Mousa Broch

    Archaeological Site/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

  • 7. Pier Arts Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    At the striking Pier Arts Centre, a gallery in a former merchant's house and adjoining buildings, huge sheets of glass offer tranquil harborside...Read More

  • 8. Ring of Brodgar

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    About 5 miles northeast of Stromness, the Ring of Brodgar is a magnificent circle of 36 Neolithic standing stones (originally 60) surrounded...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Skara Brae and Skaill House

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    After a fierce storm in 1850, the laird of Breckness, William Graham Watt, discovered this cluster of Neolithic houses at the bottom of his...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Tangwick Haa Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    After viewing the cliffs at Eshaness, call in at Tangwick Haa Museum, the 17th-century home of the Cheynes, now packed full with photographs...Read More

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