Orkney and Shetland Islands

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  • 1. Clickimin Broch

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

  • 2. Italian Chapel

    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...Read More

  • 3. Pier Arts Centre

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

  • 4. Ring of Brodgar

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

  • 5. Shetland Museum

    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 area's...Read More

  • 6. Tangwick Haa Museum

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

  • 7. Fort Charlotte

    This artillery fort was built in 1665 to protect the Sound of Bressay from the invading Dutch. They seized it in 1673 and razed the...Read More

  • 8. Marwick Head Nature Reserve

    The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds tends the remote Marwick Head Nature Reserve, where in spring and summer the cliffs are draped in...Read More

  • 9. 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—has the entire history...Read More

  • 10. Scapa Flow Visitor Centre

    Military history buffs will appreciate the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre, which displays military vehicles and guns from both world wars. You'll also find equipment salvaged...Read More

  • 11. Unstan Chambered Tomb

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

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