The Best Of Orkney

Highlights from a two-day trip


LAST week I caught the ferry from Aberdeen to Orkney for a few days exploring the islands.
I travelled from the mainland with Northlink, and once again they laid on a calm sea with excellent visibility.



That’s twice in a row so can I ask for similar conditions next time, please?!

The first order of day one was another (much smaller!) ferry across from Stromness to the isle of Hoy.
The Old Man might be the island’s most famous landmark, but there’s a good deal more to Hoy as you’ll find out in the piece below.


Out And About On Hoy

Hoy Carousel


Whatever the reason for your visit to Orkney, put time aside to wander around some of the fascinating archaeology sites.

Someone once said that if you scratch the surface of any part of the Orkney islands, you could fulfil any archaeologist’s dream.

 


Stepping Back In Time

Orkney Carousel skara brae




I had had a great time touring the islands, but now it was time for the main event – the St Magnus Festival, Orkney’s yearly music extravaganza.

The islands make for a great visit at any time of year, but if you happen to be there for St Magnus, then you’re in for a treat…

 


A Continuing Legacy

St magnus carousel


These are just a few of my highlights – what are yours?
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