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Orkney Islands

Situated off the north coast of Scotland the Orkney archipelago consists of lots of small islands (some 70 or so), including of course the main island is Orkney; others of note include Sanday and Westray. These really are places to escape the pressures of everyday life.

The principal town on Orkney is its capital, Kirkwall, with a port and airport this bustling town has shops and places to eat and drink. The town has a long history, founded in 1035 it shows fine examples of its ancient Norse origins and of particular interest is St Magnus Cathedral, one of the finest medieval buildings in the north of Scotland.

Orkney’s history goes back to Neolithic times and has a strong Norse influence which is not surprising given its location. The Neolithic findings on the island are so significant that have been awarded UNESCO world heritage status. In the 13th century these islands were part of Norway and had been populated by Norse settlers for hundreds of years earlier. This rich historical context is evidenced by the number of ancient places of interest there are here.

The Ring of Brodgar is just one example, combining the Islands’ rich history with a naturally stunning landscape to make for a truly unforgettable experience. This magnificent henge and stone circle is nestled between the Lochs of Harray and Stenness on the Mainland and offers a fascinating experience. Equally popular, and no less-impressive, at the Brough of Birsay the remains of ancient settlements can be found along with some unique vantage points to appreciate the region’s incredible natural wildlife.

The diverse range of natural untouched habitats provides a home to a range of flora and fauna; in particular the magnificent displays of rare wild flowers that can be seen in the summer months which are a sight to behold. Visitors will also appreciate the abundant bird life and marine life here; wildlife tours and boat trips are available on the island.

A holiday here is for those who are looking for a unique outdoors break in one of Britain’s most special locations. With stunning natural landscapes, cliff top walks and pristine beaches, wild nature and few tourists.

Orkney is in easy reach from the Scottish mainland, with ferry services operating from a number of ports including Aberdeen (Includes car ferry) and John o’ Groats (Passenger ferry only in the summer). Onward travel by ferry or plane to the outer islands is available from Orkney.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages on the Orkney Islands today.
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  • Buxa Farm Lodges - Buxa Croft House

    Orphir, Orkney Islands

    Ref: 31142

    Buxa Farm Lodges enjoy an enviable setting with beautiful views across open farmland towards Scapa Flow and the island of Hoy. Situated in 20 acres of waterfront grounds, the properties (refs 31139, 31140, 31141 and 31142), which are Visit Scotland 4* rated, make a super holiday base for exploring the many delights that the Orkney Islands have to offer. They have high speed satellite wi-fi and are within very easy reach of both mainland major towns of Kirkwall and Storminess, where guests can find a large variety of shops, pubs, restaurants, museums and historical sites. There are many wonderful attractions to visit in Orkney, including the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, Maeshowe, The Rings of Brodgar and Stenness. The Italian chapel built by prisoners of war and St Magnus Cathedral founded by the Vikings are just a small selection of the sites to visit. Nature lovers will be drawn to the area with its pristine coastlines, clifftops and marches, home to many species of interesting wildlife. Mountain biking, climbing, walking, bird watching, golf and a very wide variety of watersports are all available. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing scenery this beautiful area has to offer. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 8 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and slate floor. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (sleigh bed) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with patio doors, 1 bunk with additional bunk. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and double bedroom included. Underfloor oil central heating included. Two Freeview TVs.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 20-acre grounds. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bisgeos - Fisherman’s Cove

    Westray, Orkney Islands

    Ref: W42425

    Beautiful sea views

    These lovely holiday cottages, renovated to a good standard, enjoy unrivalled views over the sea. Westray, the queen of the Isles, is the ultimate get away from it all destination. This beautiful island, just north of mainland Orkney, has a unique atmosphere with many attractions of historic and cultural interest. Each season on Westray enjoys its own flavour with the endless summer days, and in winter you may be lucky to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – a stunning sight never to be forgotten. There is a large variety of birdlife, and a visit to the Castle O’Burrian to see the magnificent puffin colony should not be missed. Walk along the rocky shorelines to see the seals and watch the sea birds diving. Visit the ‘hands on’ Westray Heritage Centre, the historic Notland Castle or one of the archaeological sites. The Westray Craft Trail where you can watch local people making their wares gives an insight into island life. Guided tours and cycle hire are available and the golf course is nearby. Enjoy a holiday relaxing in the peace and solitude of this magical island. Shops, pubs and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/conservatory with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with additional bunk and en-suite wet room with shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower with toilet.

    Underfloor central heating and electricity included. Washing machine (in external outbuilding). Ample parking.
    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. T/dyer and freezer (in external outbuilding). Large shared, landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. T/dyer and freezer (in external outbuilding). Large shared, landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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