This is a far from exhaustive post on this lovely island group, just a taster, because that’s all I’ve had. I’ve only visited once, on a day trip from John O’ Groats.
We chose our day wisely, it was dry and sunny most of the time and we were able to sit outside on the ferry crossings.
We had a bit of a whistle stop tour and limited ourselves to the islands linked by causeways.
There’s so much to see. Top of my list was The Italian Chapel, created by the by WW2 prisoners of war who also built the Churchill barriers; this is a very special place. It’s made out of Nissen huts and bits and pieces the prisoners had to hand including old corned beef tins. Out of these everyday objects the prisoners made themselves a truly beautiful place of worship.
We continued to Kirkwall and St Magnus’s Cathedral, and then on to some of the prehistoric sites Orkney is renowned for, the stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. The houses in the settlement at Skara Brae are amazing, with their stone chests and box beds.
A lovely day out, but one leaving me wanting to see more.
If you want to visit there’s great information here