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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 6. Bonhoga Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1855 using stones from the Kergord estate's "cleared" (forcibly evicted) crofts, Weisdale Mill is now the Bonhoga Gallery, a contemporary...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Old Haa

    Museum/Gallery

    The oldest building on the island, Burravoe's Old Haa is known for its crowstepped gables (the stepped effect on the ends of the roofs), typical...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Scalloway Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This modern museum tells some fascinating stories about Scalloway and its well-traveled locals. There is a section dedicated to the exploits...Read More

  • 12. Unst Heritage Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    The unique and colorful history of the people of Unst is told in this fascinating assemblage of artifacts, tools, photographs, and reconstructions...Read More

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