Orkney & Shetland Isles

Reaching up towards the Arctic Circle, the Orkney and Shetland islands gather into two distinct and very different clusters. The Orkney archipelago lies just a short step north of the Scottish mainland. With the exception of Hoy, which is high and rugged, these islands are mostly low-lying, gently sloping and richly fertile. Sixty miles further north, Shetland is a complete contrast. Ice-sculpted sea inlets cut deep into the land that rises straight out of the water to rugged, heather-coated hills.

January 25, 2015

Orkney & Shetland Isles

Callanish Standing Stones Isle of LewisTravel to the far north to tour the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland, a landscape of towering cliffs and sea stacks and windswept beaches.

Some highlights

  • Time your visit to coincide with Up Helly Aa, the midwinter fire festival which takes place every year in Shetlands
  • Discover the traditional fiddle tunes and musical heritage of the islands
  • Step back in time and visit the superb Neolithic sites of Skara Brae, the chambered cairn at Maes Howe and the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. These ancient monuments are some of the best preserved in Europe
  • Follow the arts and crafts trail which showcases local producers of textiles, jewellery, pottery, art, woodwork and more.


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