Skara Brae Village – Skara Brae is the best preserved New Stone Age village in Northern Europe.
The Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar – our evocative stone Circles.
Maeshowe – superb Chambered Tomb with 1,000 year old Viking runes. The long low entrance passage is carefully lined up on the midwinter sunset.
Our Viking past
St Magnus Cathedral over 850 years old and dedicated to a Viking pacifist…
The Bishop’s Palace is as old as the Cathedral. See where a Norwegian king died in 1263.
Our World War and Arctic legacies
Scapa Flow and the scuttling of the German Fleet on Midsummer’s Day 1919. From the Vikings to 1945, Scapa Flow has played a vital role in naval history. In 1919 the scuttling of the German fleet was the biggest loss of shipping in a single day.
Royal Oak War Grave, the Italian Chapel and the Churchill Barriers. In 1939 the Navy believed its Scapa Flow base was secure, on 13 October a German U boat got into Scapa Flow and sank the Royal Oak, a British battleship. Winston Churchill had barriers built to stop it happening again and Italian Prisoners of War created a beautiful Chapel out of virtually nothing.
Stromness A beautiful small town that was has close links with Canada, the Hudson’s Bay Company and Arctic exploration. Visit its superb Arts Gallery
Our Beauty spots
Yesnaby – seascapes, renewables and in season rare flowers. At the right time of year, you may even see a puffin fly past, though we’re not making any promises!
Brough of Birsay – why not make time for a hunt for the lucky seashell the groattie buckie – photo David Murdoch.