Take your time to explore the beauty of orkney...
Things to See and Do on Orkney
Orkney is a unique destination for travelers, offering stunning landscapes, rich history and culture, and an abundance of flora and fauna. Orkney Apartments offer comfortable and convenient accommodation in Kirkwall and Stromness, two charming towns with a variety of shops, bars, cafes, and attractions.
The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its iconic places like the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe and Skara Brae, is just a stone’s throw away, while Kirkwall boasts the c900 year old St Magnus Cathedral and Stromness offers its beautiful seafront with stone piers, our heritage is all around you.
In the heart of it all Orkney Apartments gives you the perfect base for your Orkney adventure.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep...
Orkney’s most famous archaeological treasures – Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the Maeshowe chambered tomb – form the keystones of the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. These ancient monuments are a testament to the ingenuity and skill of our prehistoric ancestors and are truly awe-inspiring to behold. Skara Brae is a remarkably preserved stone-age village that gives a glimpse into how our ancient forebearers lived.
Explore the Scenic Landscapes
Orkney is blessed with stunning landscapes and seascapes. From rugged cliffs and stunning beaches to rolling hills and lush green valleys, the islands are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful walk along the coast or an adventurous hike up a hill, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors on Orkney. Don’t miss the chance to take in the beautiful sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.
Spot Local Wildlife
Orkney is home to a rich and diverse range of wildlife, including seals, otters, dolphins, and whales. Birdwatchers will be especially pleased with the many opportunities to spot seabirds, such as puffins, gannets, and terns. The islands are also an important breeding ground for many species of birds, making it a vital destination for conservationists and nature enthusiasts alike.
Visit the Historic Towns
Orkney’s towns are full of character and charm. Kirkwall, the capital of the islands, is home to the impressive St Magnus Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century. The town also boasts a wealth of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it a great place to explore on foot.
Stromness grew up by the shores of Hamnavoe, or Hafnarvágr in Old Norse, the haven bay, where ships could shelter safely in a deep water anchorage. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Stromness was at the crossroads of a maritime world which stretched from the South Pacific to the North Atlantic. The ships of the Hudson’s Bay Company made annual recruitment calls in Stromness, and large numbers of Orcadians joined them to head to Arctic Canada. With its unique charm and narrow cobbled streets and lively arts scene, Stromness has much to offer its visitors.
Take a Boat Trip
The surrounding seas are a vital part of life on Orkney, and taking a boat trip is a great way to experience this connection firsthand. There are many opportunities to take a boat tour, from wildlife watching trips to tours of the islands themselves. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing cruise or an adventurous trip, there is a boat tour to suit every taste.
We’re sure you’ll find Orkney a fascinating and unique destination with so much to offer, from its ancient past to stunning landscapes and rich heritage, there really is something for everyone on our islands.
So whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or an action-packed adventure, Orkney is sure to leave a lasting impression.