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Contents Introducing Orkney

Explorers Orkney encapsulates all that’s great about the outdoors

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4 Nature lovers

Culture Vultures

An abundance of wildlife all year round

14 Treasure Hunters Art inspired by Orkney

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18 Events There’s loads to do in Orkney all year round

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Getting to Orkney With regular air and sea services we are easy to reach

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Orkney Area map

NORTH RONALDSAY

Mull Head

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PAPA WESTRAY

Bow Head

Nouster

Nouster Bay Point of Burrian

Holm of Papay

Noup Head

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Moclett Bay

Tafts Ness

Otters Wick Bay of Tuquoy

Inga Ness

Bay of Lopness

Stanger Head

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Berst Ness

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Westray Firth

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Brough of Birsay

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Loch of Swannay

BIRSAY

Birsay

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Bay of Skaill

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SANDWICK

Loch of Harray

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Loch of Stenness

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CALF OF FLOTTA

Water Sound

Hoxa Head

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Ayre of Cara

Hope

Grimness

Credits: Orkney Tourism Group would like to thank everyone that has contributed to the production of this brochure; SWITHA Charles Tait,Longhope Tait & Style, Julian Branscombe, Rod Macdonald, Scott Webster, Chris Chittell, Nick Card, Andy Knight, LONGHOPE Howie Firth, Pelamis Wave Power, The Creel, SOUTH Steve Morgan, EMEC, Ollie Laughton, The Orcadian, VisitScotland, Shelia Fleet and all of our wonderful ‘meet RONALDSAY the locals’. North Bay

Tor Ness

Herston Head

Point of Hackness

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Widewall Bay

Kirkhouse Point

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Cantick Head

Brims Ness

Windwick Bay

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Disclaimer: Whilst Orkney Tourism Group has taken every reasonable step to confirm that the information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press, it is subject to alteration and we cannot guarantee PENTLAND that the information published remains accurate. We recommend that all information is checked direct with the SKERRIES tourism provider. Orkney Tourism Group accepts no liability for any inaccuracy in the information provided. Brough Ness

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Mainland Scotland

Scrabster

Burray Ness

BURRAY Orkney Tourism FARA Group: 1st Floor, The Travel Centre, West Castle Street, Kirkwall KW15 1GU Lyness+44 (0)1856 230300 StEmail: Margaret’s Telephone: info@discover-orkney.com or visit www.discover-orkney.com FLOTTA Mill Bay

Little Rackwick

Point of Ayre

Rose Ness The Bu Sands

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Gills Bay

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Gills

Scrabster • Stromness

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Rackwick Bay

Newark Bay

COPINSAY

LAMB HOLM

Howequoy Head

GLIMPS HOLM

Lyrawa Bay

Dingieshowe

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St Mary’s

Scapa Flow

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St Peter’s Pool

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Deer Sound

East Mainland

Waulkmill Bay

Mull Head

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The Old Man of Hoy

Rerwick Head

Scapa Bay

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Kirkwall Bay

Kirkwall

GRAEMSAY Moaness

AUSKERRY

HELLIAR HOLM

Hoy Sound

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Gastronauts Hatston

STENNESS

Loch of Kirbister

Lamb Head

Rothiesholm Head

SHAPINSAY

Finstown

Warebeth

The Kame of Hoy

The Galt

Balfour

Bay of Firth

Black Craig Billia Croo

STRONSAY Bay of Holland

Veantrow Bay

FIRTH

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Odness

Mill Bay

St Catherine’s Bay

Ness of Ork

GAIRSAY

Bay of Isbister

Yesnaby

Papa Stronsay

Whitehall

Linga Holm

Green Holms

RENDALL

HARRAY

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Tingwall

Dounby

B9057

Backaland Falls of Warness

Gairsay Sound

Woodwick Bay

West Mainland

Holm of Huip

War Ness

Point of The Graand

WYRE

B9057

Spur Ness

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EGILSAY

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Loth

Fersness Bay

Trumland

Eynhallow Sound

Loch of Hundland

Loch of Boardhouse

Marwick Head

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Tres Ness

FARAY

Welcoming visitors for over 10,000 years ROUSAY EYNHALLOW

Backaskaill Bay

Point of Huro

Saviskaill Bay

Costa Head

Bay of Newark

CALF OF EDAY

Holm of Faray

Start Point

Cata Sand

Red Head

Rapness

Faraclett Head

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Time Travellers

Sacquoy Head

Bride’s Ness

Holms of Ire

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Orkney Introducing

Orkney holds a rare magic. Among these 70 islands you will find energy, life, history and the future. If you want to wake up feeling excited about what the day will hold, this is the place for you. This is why we say ‘explorers welcome’.

There are few places in the world where you can see 6,000 years of history and tomorrow’s renewable energy technology in a single day. But Orkney is special. In midsummer, you can walk in the glow of the midnight sun. In the winter you may see the Northern Lights creating a colour show above your head. Here you can escape to uninhabited places and still be within reach of a first-class dining experience.

You have so many ways to explore. Travel back in time to see how our ancestors lived. Culture was flourishing here before the pyramids were built. Let a cliff top walk bring you close to nature, or dive beneath the waves to see history lying on the seabed. Bring the car or come on foot. Pack your walking boots or your surfboard. Follow the birds or follow a trail that leads you to the arts and culture of Orkney.

The towns are prosperous bustling places, ready to charm with picturesque streets, unique shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. But you’re only ever a few minutes from rolling green fields, moorland, tranquil lochs and the surrounding ocean.

All this is waiting for you.

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Top 10 places to visit There are many attractions that make Orkney an international destination, so when you plan your visit, make sure our Top 10 are on your list.

1. Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney Museum & The Street 2. Skara Brae & Skaill House 3. Maeshowe, Standing Stones & Ring of Brodgar 4. Brough of Birsay, Marwick Head & Yesnaby 5. Broch of Gurness 6. Stromness 7. Italian Chapel, Churchill Barriers 8. Tomb of the Eagles, Hoxa & Fossil Centre 9. Rackwick & The Old Man of Hoy 10. Westray for puffins, cliffs & beaches 2

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Explorers Orkney for

Islands of Orkney

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Within this beautiful cluster of islands, Orkney encapsulates all that’s great about the outdoors. Miles of uninhabited space are yours to enjoy. Rolling green hills, sprawling white beaches, clear blue waters, dramatic cliffs – all rich with wildlife. Every hour changes the colours of landscape. The tides and winds swirl between the islands. Breathe in. You can feel the energy of Orkney. 2

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The Mainland, Burray & South Ronaldsay

Hoy & Graemsay

Hoy is Orkney’s highest island, with dozens of ancient and 20th century sites to visit. The Dwarfie Stone is the only rock-cut tomb in Britain. The lighthouses on nearby Graemsay are worth a visit for their striking architecture. And don’t miss Rackwick, a picturesque crofting village.

Rich in archaeology, dotted by bustling towns and villages, and blessed with natural attractions, the Mainland is a fascinating destination and the perfect touring base. 2

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Kirkwall The largest town on the islands, it has the ancient and magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral standing at its heart.

“Orkney is a wonderful place to be at all times of day and in every season. The combination of variable, maritime weather and the dramatic seasonal changes in day length provide a huge variety of lighting conditions. The islands are a Mecca for artists and photographers throughout the year and at most times of day; indeed all four seasons may seem to occur in one day. If you don’t like the weather right now, just wait awhile!” Charles Tait, Photographer & Travel Writer www.charles-tait.co.uk

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Stromness A long established seaport, the old town has a charming and winding main street, steeped in history and ready to be explored. West Mainland With its many inland lochs, the West Mainland is ideal for a leisurely tour. No trip is complete without a visit to the lovely Brough of Birsay and the dramatic cliff walks. East Mainland and over the Barriers You can reach South Ronaldsay across the Churchill Barriers, so don’t go home without visiting the Neolithic Tomb of the Eagles and the Italian Chapel.

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Flotta

With its oil terminal and history as a military base in both world wars, there’s a lot of recent history to see on Flotta. Highlights include the Rocket Batteries, St. Vincent Pier, Buchanan Battery and the Peerie Museum. Photographers love the 360 degree panorama from the Witter.

Shapinsay

A half hour ferry ride from Kirkwall, Shapinsay offers Elwick Mill, the standing stone of Mor Stein, Broch of Burroughston and the RSPB site at Mill Dam. The heritage centre in Balfour village is a good place to start, before heading to the RSPB reserve, WWII sites and the many beautiful beaches.

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Sanday, Eday & Stronsay

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Sanday by name and sandy by nature, the best beaches are to be found here. On Eday, explore ancient chambered tombs, the Norse Castle of Stackel Brae and 17th century relics.

Charles’ top 10 places to visit • Brodgar area The heart of the West Mainland with Harray & Stenness lochs, as well as the Standing Stones and Maeshowe. • Yesnaby Perfect for cliff-top walks, great views, wild flowers and even puffins. Fantastic for wave watching. • Warebeth & the Black Craig Overlooking Hoy Sound, West of Stromness. Excellent walks and views. • Broch of Gurness & Aikerness Beach One of Orkney’s best archaeological sites with a lovely beach and views down Eynhallow Sound. Great for kids.

On Stronsay, visit the natural arch at the Vat of Kirbuster, the natural swimming pool at Bluthers Geo and the Picts houses at Lamb Ness. Stronsay is fantastic for cycling.

• Grobust, Noup Head & Rapness on Westray If you only have time to visit one of the North Isles, Westray has a huge amount to offer, including puffins from May to July.

Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre

Rousay has been nicknamed ‘The Egypt of the North’ due to its richness in archaeological sites over 166 - including Midhowe Broch and Cairn. On Egilsay you can walk around the well-preserved Norse church of St Magnus. Wyre boasts a castle built in 1150 by the legendary giant, Cubbie Roo.

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• St Magnus Cathedral & Kirkwall Harbour The people of Orkney are immensely proud of their cathedral. The street and harbour have retained many of their attractive old features.

Westray & Papa Westray

A tour of Westray offers many attractions. Start at the Heritage Centre and include Noltland Castle and Cross Kirk. The world’s shortest scheduled flight takes you to Papa Westray and the oldest house in Northern Europe – the Knap of Howar – which predates the pyramids by over 1,200 years.

• Rackwick & the Old Man of Hoy Wonderful beach, spectacular cliffs and ancient woodland. • Hoxa Head - South Ronaldsay 20th century military installations with fabulous views over Scapa Flow. • Egilsay Kirk Unique church with a round tower. Egilsay has several fine beaches and meadows full of wild flowers.

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North Ronaldsay

The most remote of the islands, tradition thrives here. The coastal walks take you past many landmarks, including the Broch of Burrian (an Iron Age settlement), the New Lighthouse and the original beacon, built in 1789. The 13-mile sheep dyke surrounds the island and keeps the seaweed-eating sheep on the shore and off the agricultural land.

Picture: Ness of Brodgar and the West Mainland

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• Wideford Hill Arguably Orkney’s most spectacular panoramic viewpoint - count the windmills!

find out more Turn to page 53 to find some great places to stay and discover how to get to the islands

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Climb the Old Man of Hoy “ The Old Man of Hoy is one of the most iconic rock climbs in the United Kingdom. Climbing the Old Man is a real adventure, not only for the technical climbing but also the fact that unlike many rock climbs in the UK you can’t just walk off the top! The Old Man of Hoy is made of soft sandstone and is constantly being eroded by the elements, so it won’t be there forever - visit it while you still can!” Scott Webster, professional climber

Chris Chittell from Emmerdale climbed the Old Man of Hoy for charity.

“…intimidating! I felt like an ant on his back… and I hate heights! Still, hey ho! Thanks Orkney!!!”

Thrill seekers

Thrill Seekers

Orkney for

With towering cliffs, vast beaches, moorland terrain, lochs and the open ocean, Orkney is an adventurer’s playground. So grab your wetsuit, bike, fishing rod, surfboard or walking boots and prepare for an action-packed holiday.

Find out more To see more of Scott Webster climbing the Old Man of Hoy, please visit www.scottwebstermountain eering.blogspot.co.uk

Walking on Orkney takes you into beautiful open spaces and lets you lose yourself in nature. There are plenty of signposted routes, so you can choose an easy ramble or a long strenuous trek. And don’t forget your camera as the scenery is magnificent. Cycling is also a pleasure with many quiet roads and dramatic views. Most islands are fairly flat, letting you get up some speed and cover the miles with ease. Or if you want to leave the tarmac behind, you’ll find miles of tracks to follow. Best of all, bikes go free on ferries so you can see somewhere new every day.

If your sport relies on the wind, Orkney is a fantastic destination, providing a year-round playground for power kiting, wind surfing and kite surfing. Favourite locations include Scapa Beach near Kirkwall and the Bay of Skaill on the west Mainland. Big waves and good breaks make Skaill the serious surfers’ choice, and you can hire boards and wetsuits locally. Keen sailors return year after year to tackle Orkney’s challenging winds and currents, and there are races throughout the summer months if you enjoy friendly competition.

Mountain Biking

A quick 18 holes

Kite Surfing

Get off road and test your skills on grass, gravel and sand, as well as many peat tracks. There are climbs for those who want to feel the burn, and most islands are accessible for a day’s ride from Kirkwall.

With gusty winds, unforgiving rough and cliff top fairways, Orkney’s 3 main courses will challenge even a seasoned golfer. But with such spectacular scenery, you won’t mind being over par.

Orkney’s high average wind speeds, uncrowded beaches and clear waters offer some of the best kite surfing conditions in Europe. Serious surfers love the winter swells which can reach up to 15m or 50ft!

www.facebook.com/ OrkneyMountainBiking

www.orkneygolfclub.co.uk

www.surfguru.co.uk

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Rod Macdonald

Underwater

thrillseeker Rod is a well-known technical diver and diving author, specialising in shipwreck history and exploration. He has five books to his name to date, including Dive Scapa Flow, the definitive reference guide for diving the scuttled German WWI High Seas Fleet shipwrecks in Orkney, as well as his more recent true-life diving adventure books Into the Abyss and The Darkness Below. Rod has dived around Orkney for more than 30 years, and has an intimate knowledge of the islands and tidal characteristics, having been the first to locate, dive and identify many previously unknown shipwrecks. If diving Scapa Flow is your thing, then a visit to Rod’s website before you arrive on Orkney is a must! www.rod-macdonald.co.uk

The most famous wrecks are the scuttled WWI German fleet lying at the bottom of Scapa Flow. The three battleships and four light cruisers provide fascinating expeditions. But there are many more wrecks to explore, such as the blockships in Burra Sound and the UB116 German WWI submarine in Hoxa Sound.

Thrill Seekers

Orkney’s clear waters, plentiful marine life and many wrecks make the islands one of the top cold water dive locations, attracting divers from across the world.

Enchanting scenic dive sites can be found around the smaller islands. Try Inganess Bay, off the Old Man of Hoy, or over the North Shoal. For more information about snorkelling in Orkney, please visit: www.snorkelorkney.blogspot.com

Anglers will relish the rich fishing on the many lochs. On the West Mainland alone you can choose from Harray, Stenness, Boardhouse, Hundland and Swannay – all stocked with brown trout. Further afield, you will find lochs such as Bea, North and Roos on Sanday, Swartmill on Westray, and Meikle Water on Stronsay. The brown trout season runs from 15th March to 6th October. If sitting beside a quiet loch isn’t exciting enough, why not charter a boat and benefit from the extensive local knowledge of one of Orkney’s excellent, qualified skippers. Giant conger eels can be caught in the depths of Scapa Flow, and the sand and shingle surrounding the wrecks yield other species such as turbot, large plaice and brill.

Find out more For more information, please visit

www.orkneytroutfishing.co.uk and www.scapaflowwrecks.com

Looking for a challenge? Exhilaration and excitement are only moments away in Orkney. Whether you’re looking to try something for the first time or looking for your next challenge, there are dozens of activities on offer. Come to Orkney in the winter months – it’s wild, the waves are crashing, it’s bracing and invigorating!

The Pickaquoy Climbing Wall The £15m Pickaquoy Centre in Orkney is a first-class sports, arts and conference venue, offering an excellent range of activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy. The indoor climbing wall provides a wide variety of diverse angles and features, catering for all abilities. If climbing is too adventurous, then visit the new swimming pool with its fun water features. www.pickaquoy.co.uk

Kayaking

Sea Angling

Whether you’re looking to paddle along a sheltered shoreline or seek the challenges of tidal streams and white water, kayaking in Orkney is unforgettable.

Warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, Orkney, with its miles of rugged cliffs, tide races and isolated islands, is a sea angler’s paradise.

Before you pack your kayak, a visit to the Orkney Sea Kayaking Association website is definitely worthwhile. There you will find like-minded people, tips on the best places to visit, and even a calendar of events!

www.oska.org.uk

For the seasoned angler the possibilities are endless. If you are looking for something a little bit different, a trip to some of the deeper wrecks can produce rare UK species such as the torsk and catfish.

www.seaanglingorkney.co.uk

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Orkney for

Time Travellers Every step you take on Orkney is infused with the history of civilisation. Some of our landscapes remain unchanged since long before the time of the Great Pyramids. In fact, Orkney is virtually unique in offering an unbroken timeline of sites dating from nearly 6,000 years ago to the present. And history is still being written here. Take your time and take it all in. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site is in the West Mainland. Here you can walk in the steps of our ancestors and gain a unique insight into how people lived over 5,000 years ago. Skara Brae is the perfect place to start. As you stroll around this prehistoric stone village, it’s easy to envisage it as a thriving place where people raised families, prayed to their gods and lived off the land and sea. Maeshowe, Europe’s finest chambered cairn, gives you a sense of the capabilities of the stone masons and architects during the Neolithic Age. The best time to visit is around the winter solstice, when the setting sun illuminates the passage and interior of the monument. But it’s when you reach the Ring of Brodgar and walk among the remaining 27 megaliths of a stone circle over 104 metres wide that you fully realise the power and determination of our predecessors.

Incredibly, Orkney continues to rewrite history with the discovery in 2003 of another Neolithic site even bigger than Skara Brae – the Ness of Brodgar. You can be part of uncovering the past by visiting the excavations at this site during July and August. Large buildings, which may be Neolithic temples rather than houses, have been discovered.

Many inscribed stones, mace heads, painted and carved objects, along with large amounts of grooved ware pottery have been found at this exciting site. Beyond the Mainland, there are many more ancient sites to enjoy. The island of Rousay is known as the ‘Egypt of the North’ due to the number of well-preserved monuments. Eday has many Neolithic chambered cairns to explore, and on Papay you’ll find the Knap of Howar – the oldest standing stone-built house in Western Europe.

MEET THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Nick Card, Director of the Ness of Brodgar dig. Find out more www.orca.uhi.ac.uk Nick fell in love with Orkney whilst a student at Glasgow University and moved here over 25 years ago. Since the inscription of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site he has been involved in fieldwork and research around the monuments, including the discovery and on-going excavation of the unique Neolithic complex at the Ness of Brodgar.

10,000 years of Orkney history c.3900BC First farmers present on Orkney

The first human settlers are present

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c.2700BC

c.400BC

Building begins on the pyramids in Egypt

First Brochs built

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The Ring of Brogdar built

Bronze age barrows built in Orkney

Roman fleet visits Orkney

Picture: Whalebone and Brough of Birsay from Skipi Geo

Time Travellers

1137AD

1590AD

1850AD

St Magnus Cathedral founded

First pub opens in Orkney

Skara Brae revealed by storm

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1468AD

1725AD

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Norsemen arrive

Orkney ‘mortgaged’ to Scotland

Pirate Gow captured near Eday

First steamer service to Orkney

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Orkney Shaped by Vikings, rogue Scotsmen & World Wars The Norse Earldom dominated Orkney’s culture for hundreds of years from the late 700s AD. The 10th and 11th centuries were the peak of Norse influence in the isles, with many strong characters, including Earls Thorfinn, Magnus and Rognvald, dominating the history of the times. The ultimate statement of their power is the wonderful St Magnus Cathedral which dominates Kirkwall, founded in 1137. In 1468, the islands were mortgaged to Scotland when Scotland’s King James III married a Danish princess. Kirkwall was made a Royal Burgh in 1486 and new landmarks began to spring up. Today you can see the ruins of elaborate palaces in Kirkwall and Birsay, built by the notorious Robert Stewart and his son, Patrick. Robert was the bastard half-brother of Mary Queen of Scots. Still standing is a fine example of Baronial architecture, Balfour Castle, built in 1847 on Shapinsay. Balfour itself is a conservation village that will take you back in time to life in the 18th century. You can even stay in period properties on Orkney, some dating back 500 years.

WW1 1914 Outbreak of First World War

The Balfour Estate is a prime example of agricultural improvements, which started in Orkney in the 18th century. The next big influence on Orkney’s landscape came in the 20th century, as it played a crucial part in both world wars. Many sections of the coastline are dotted with gun emplacements, watch towers and concrete bunkers. Scapa Flow was HQ for the British Home Fleet in both World Wars. It was here in 1918 that the German High Seas Fleet was interned after the Armistice, and then scuttled at midsummer 1919. The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre at Lyness on Hoy brims with photos, videos, texts, artefacts and more which bring all the events to life. After HMS Royal Oak was sunk by a U-boat in 1939, the Churchill Barriers were built to block the eastern approaches to Scapa Flow. If you cross them to the little island of Lamb Holm you can visit the Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war.

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German fleet scuttled in Scapa Flow

Building of Churchill Barriers begins

1933 First scheduled air service to Orkney

1966 Chris Bonington first man to climb Old Man of Hoy

Time Travellers

We’ve been welcoming visitors for over 10,000 years The first written reference to the islands is by Pytheas the Greek in c.325BC, but they were inhabited before that, with the first people arriving as long ago as c.8000BC. These Mesolithic people were few in number, but by c.4000BC the Neolithic Age started in Orkney with settled farming. A prosperous economy lasted for over 1,000 years.

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Although there are few visible remains from the succeeding Bronze Age, in contrast the Iron Age was a period of renewed building of large structures. Over 100 brochs dot the landscape. Pieces of a Roman amphora dating to before 60AD were found at the Broch of Gurness, possibly supporting records that show a ‘King of Orkney’ submitted to Emperor Claudius at Colchester in 43AD. The Picts dominated the east of Scotland from Perth to Orkney until the Norse invasion in the late 700s. Their most visible legacies are the enigmatic symbol stones, some of which may be seen in the Orkney Museum. The Vikings wholly replaced the Picts and prospered on Orkney for hundreds of years. Besides St Magnus Cathedral, there are Norse longhouses, chapels and farms to explore. Plus many artefacts in the museum.

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There are information panels or visitor centres at many of Orkney’s historic sites, ready to welcome you with interesting information, guided tours and refreshments.

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A whalebone plaque from the Scar burial site which uncovered a Viking Age boat burial. Inside the boat were three skeletons. These people had been buried with grave goods including a brooch, a sword and the whalebone plaque.

1. Memorial to Lord Kitchener and the crew of HMS Hampshire, which was sunk by a German mine off Marwick Head on the West Mainland. 2. The Ring of Brodgar originally had 60 megaliths and is the third largest stone circle in the British Isles. 3. Skara Brae has streets, houses, a workshop and artefacts for you to discover. It is the best preserved group of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. 4. You can explore WWII gun batteries around Scapa Flow.

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5. Under the grassy dome of Maeshowe you’ll find a complex of passages and chambers. 6. Excavations take place during July and August every year at the Ness of Brodgar.

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Ness of Brodgar site discovered

Renewable energy developments allow generation in Orkney to sometimes exceed usage

7. St. Magnus Cathedral dominates the skyline of Kirkwall. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, and a fine example of Romanesque architecture. Its construction commenced in 1137 and it was added to over the next 300 years.

2009 Highland Park whisky voted ‘best spirit in the world’

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Nature Lovers

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Nature Lovers “Whatever your interests, Orkney is a great home for nature.Wildlife is easy to see here; wherever you go it often reminds the adult visitor of what used to be in the countryside when they were younger.” Andy Knight - Head of RSPB Orkney

Orkney’s wildlife calendar Spring

Autumn

Visit in March, as the early flowers start to bloom, and you’ll catch the wintering birds before they return to the high Arctic. You’ll also see brown hares boxing in the fields, and oystercatchers hunting down by the seashore.

Autumn is the time to see feathered rarities. As the seas become wilder, it gets easier to spot unusual birds such as sooty shearwater and storm petrels which come to shelter close to shore. On calm days, you may spot migrating whales, porpoises and dolphins. The landscape takes on the colours of the season with deer grass and glowing rowan berries. Pupping grey seals can be seen.

Summer This is the time to see the teeming seabird cities on Westray, Copinsay and at Marwick Head. Listen for corncrakes’ night time calls across the farmland. On calm days, you may be lucky and see minke whales, orcas and basking sharks. You’ll definitely see common seal mothers and their pups. And as the great yellow bumblebees take to the air, the rare Primula scotica comes into flower.

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Insider tips: Julian Branscombe Nature Lovers

“When in Orkney – keep your eyes peeled at all times! That lump on a fencepost could well be a short-eared owl. You could spot hen harriers flying low over the fields just about anywhere. Can you see the seals among those rocks? Open your ears too! There’s a wealth of wildlife sound all around you, from noisy waders and honking geese to the haunting calls of grey seals and the ever-changing orchestra of the ocean waves.”

Julian’s top 10 places to explore 1. Waulkmill Bay, Orphir Surely a contender for Orkney’s prettiest beach. 2. Brig o’ Waithe, Stenness Visit to see otters, watch the spring gathering of red-breasted mergansers or to admire the wintering little grebe. 3. Brinkies’s Brae, Stromness Climb past the granite blocks for an incredible vista of Scapa Flow and the hills of Hoy. 4. Birsay Walk east to Skipi Geo with its arctic tern colony, past The Whalebone, and on to Whitaloo Point with its puffins. 5. Hillside Road, Evie Look out for hen harriers at any time of year, and short-eared owls and skuas in spring and summer. 6. Peedie Sea, Kirkwall Terns, waders, and up to 100 longtailed ducks in spring. 7. Newark Bay, Deerness Oysterplant in summer and a horde of turnstone and purple sandpiper in winter. 8. Echnaloch Bay, Burray A birdwatcher’s paradise throughout all seasons. 9. Hoxa Head, South Ronaldsay Drink in the flowers and fungi around the circular walk and watch for tysties (black guillemots) and porpoises from the wartime defences. 10. The Isles You could easily spend a week or two on every isle from Hoy to Papay; however if time is short, take a stroll from the pier on Shapinsay to the RSPB Mill Dam reserve.

Winter If you are lucky, the long dark winter nights are a perfect backdrop for the magnificent spectacle that is Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. Orkney is welcoming in winter as the marine climate makes frost and snow rare, so it’s an excellent place to see wintering birds, such as long-tailed duck, whooper swan and wader species

Find out more For more information on wildlife tours please visit: www.orcadianwildlife.co.uk

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Birders

For bird lovers, Orkney is an exciting destination all year round, and we welcome many twitchers from across the world every year.

Puffins

Dramatic cliff walks Best puffin-watching sites Best seal-watching sites Best Primula scotica sites RSPB Reserves Sanderlings

Curlew

Orkney is the best place in the UK for seabirds, with 21 breeding species. There are 13 RSPB reserves across the islands, providing superb places to watch resident and migrant birds. With many guest houses, B&Bs and self-catering cottages close to prime birding sites, you have an excellent choice of accommodation. With coast, cliffs, wetland and moorland habitats, Orkney is a place where you can see waterfowl, waders, raptors, seabirds and possibly corncrake, all within a few miles. In spring and summer, you can expect to see skylark, meadow pipit, red-throated diver, curlew, lapwing, hen harrier, merlin, kestrel, snipe, short-eared owl, reed bunting, twite, stonechat and wheatear.

Gannets

On the coast, you will find fulmars, black guillemot, razorbill, kittiwake, peregrine, great skua, gannet, shag, cormorant, eider duck and waders. A perennial favourite, the puffin, can be seen from April to July. The map (above) shows you prime puffin-watching sites.

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In autumn and winter, Orkney is a fantastic place to see migrating and wintering birds. Migrants include redwing, siskin, brambling, pink-footed geese, greylag geese, waxwing and snow bunting. Among wintering birds are long-tailed duck, divers, shag, Slavonian grebe, whooper swan, thrushes, purple sandpiper, turnstone, guillemots and ringed plovers.

Spring Squill and Buttercups on the Brough of Birsay

Biting Stonecrop

Nature lovers

Primula scotica

Heather

Orkney’s wild flowers From early spring, Orkney’s cliffs, meadows and moorland burst into colour. The show starts yellow with gorse, coltsfoot and lesser celadine. The tiny Primula scotica appears on cliff tops for the first time in May, flowering again in July.

As summer builds, you will see heathers, orchids, cotton grass, ragged robin, sundew, yellow rattle, St John’s wort, grass of Parnassus, eyebright, mountain everlasting and sea plantain as well as many others.

Northern Marsh Orchid

If you love nature Orkney has over 30 Sites of Special Scientific Interest where you can find rare habitats and geological features. Why not visit when the Nature Festival is on between 10–18 May 2014? Find out more at www.orkneynaturefestival.org

Seal Watching

North Ronaldsay Sheep

Cliff Walking

In June and July you can see common seals and their pups basking in haul-out sites. From October to December, grey seals give birth and pups spend about 21 days on land. The map (opposite) shows you the best seal-watching areas.

As the name suggests, these sheep are native to this island. As a breed, they have changed very little in 5,000 years, and today there are about 3,700 roaming North Ronaldsay. They feed on seaweed, making the meat virtually fat-free and very tender.

Breathtaking cliff walks are easy to find in Orkney. Visit Hoy to see the magnificent red sandstone cliffs – at 350m the tallest vertical sea cliffs in the UK. Travel to Stronsay to see the famous Vat of Kirbuster – a natural arch. Some of the most popular cliff walks are Yesnaby, Marwick Head and the Brough of Birsay on the west coast of the Mainland.

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Science Festival

The Orkney International Science Festival takes place every year at the beginning of September. It’s a kaleidoscopic way to see Orkney and get insights into the past, present and future – and hear brilliant people on sparkling form. It’s a festival of ideas, often from the frontiers – of space, of life in the ocean depths, of the forces moving continents. There is news of the latest developments harnessing the power of wave and tide in Orkney waters. There is archaeology and Arctic exploration, astronomy and art/science exploration – all in historic and atmospheric settings. The seven-day programme is packed with events including talks, outings, exhibitions, concerts and even ceilidhs! There is also a ‘family day’ full of activities for all ages, a vintage car rally, a pipe band parade, and opportunities to sample local food and drink. The festival attracts people worldwide – come along and see why! www.oisf.org

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Culture Vultures

Culture Vultures

Orkney for

Orkney is a place rich in tradition. You can look forward to music, art, shows and festivals, letting you share in hundreds of years of custom and the unique culture of the islanders. You really get to feel the spirit of a place when you hear the music, and this is so true of Orkney. Musicians play throughout the year at local pubs, but if you want to be sure of hearing traditional melodies, come to the Orkney Ceilidh Weekend in April or the Folk Festival in May. Summer brings the long-standing tradition of the South Ronaldsay Boys’ Ploughing Match and the Festival of the Horse. Girls are dressed as horses and the ploughing

contest takes place at the Sand o’Wright beach. The outfits and the fierce competition make this event fun to watch. These are just a couple of the highlights. Make sure you see the events calendar on pages 34-35 to get a full list of things to see and do. And to discover all the other cultural attractions such as museums, visitor centres and art galleries, visit www.discover-orkney.com

MEET THE LOCALS

find out more Turn to pages 34 -35 to find our calendar of events The Ba’ – Uppies vs Doonies

Orkney Brewery

Orkney County Show

The Ba’ is a traditional game of mass football, contested every Christmas and New Year’s Day in the streets of Kirkwall between the Uppies and the Doonies.

Head Brewer, Andrew Fulton, joined the Orkney Brewery in 1994 after graduating from University.

Every year competition is fierce, with enthusiastic farmers from all over the islands entering their livestock at the County Show.

The 2013 New Year’s Day Boys’ Ba’ was won by Doonie Taylor Pilkington, 15, who has competed in the event since he was 8!

The brewery produces a solid range of cask and bottled ales including the twice-crowned CAMRA beer of Scotland, Dark Island, and the fruity 8.5% knockout juice Skull Splitter.

www.bagame.com

www.orkneybrewery.co.uk

Stenness farmer, Liam Muir, is the proud owner of the 2013 Supreme Cattle Champion. Liam’s daughter Alison is pictured above as handler. www.orkneycountyshow.co.uk

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St Magnus Festival

Arts and Music on Orkney St Magnus International Festival brings a joyful explosion of music, theatre, performance and storytelling to Orkney across six vibrant days in June. But you can enjoy arts and music here all year round. Every year the world-class St Magnus Festival brings international orchestras, acclaimed soloists, theatre and dance companies, poets, authors, bands and visual artists to Orkney. There is a packed schedule giving you several performances to choose from every day. You can expect interesting venues, such as St Magnus Cathedral, the Italian Chapel or even a parish hall. Drama, circus and cabaret are represented at the fringe festival, Magfest, and there are always family-friendly performances that children will love. The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness houses one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century British art anywhere in the UK. The original listed buildings and pier once housed the office and stores of the Hudson’s Bay Company. www.pierartscentre.com

Find out more at

www.stmagnusfestival.com

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On show Orkney has a world-renowned agricultural heritage which attracts many visitors to the islands each year. Farming has been a way of life here for 5,000 years, since Neolithic farmers raised crops and livestock on the fertile land. Things have changed since then of course, with Orkney now a modern farming community with a very successful industry. Produce raised in Orkney is famous across the UK, particularly Orkney beef. In fact, Orkney has the highest density of beef cattle in Europe as well as being the biggest dairy area north of Stirling. A cornerstone of the calendar is the Orkney County Show, which is the culmination of more than a week of agricultural shows around Orkney. Held every August, it is a fantastic opportunity to see some of Orkney’s quality livestock, and it attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year.

This is an agricultural show at its very best and counts among the top events of its kind held across the UK each summer. Farmers come to parade their livestock and to compete for a show champion. Apart from cattle you will also find vintage car rallies, show jumping, dog trials, as well as sheep, goats and poultry competing for awards. In addition, there are also over 90 trade stands and food outlets, highlighting the quality of local produce and crafts. If you are visiting Orkney in August this is an event not to be missed – there is plenty of entertainment for all the family!

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Picture: Pelamis machine off Lyness, Island of Hoy

Innovators Orkney for

Orcadians have a long tradition of harnessing the power of nature to heat their homes and drive machinery. Today, Orkney is a world-leading centre for renewable energy, and you can see this ground-breaking technology in action.

Orkney is the birthplace of the marine renewables industry: there are more wave and tidal energy machines being tested here than at any other single site in the world.

Neil Kermode – Managing Director, EMEC

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Innovators

Orkney is a world leader in renewable energy development, and has been powering homes and businesses through wind technology for decades. The world’s first modern wind turbine was tested on Costa Hill in the 1950s when Orkney was leading the development of wind energy; now there are over 470 wind turbines. Orkney’s electricity is amongst the greenest in the UK with the islands often providing in excess of 100 per cent of Orkney’s electricity demand from renewables, making it an energy exporter. Today, Orkney is also leading the world in the development of marine renewable energy, and is home to The European Marine Energy Centre: the world’s first and only real-sea facility for testing machines that generate electricity from waves and tides. With the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the West coast, and the tides rushing between islands to and from the North Sea, Orkney is the perfect testing ground for marine energy converters.

See renewable energy being generated There are various sites around Orkney where you can see these leading technologies being developed and tested, including EMEC’s wave test site at Billia Croo near Stromness, and the tidal test site at the Fall of Warness off the northern isle of Eday. When devices are not being tested on site, you may spot them at one of Orkney’s marine renewables port facilities at Hatston Pier in Kirkwall, Lyness Pier in Hoy, and Copland’s Dock in Stromness. Protecting the islands Every renewable energy project is undertaken with careful consideration of the environment, so that Orkney’s heritage, beauty and ecology are protected.

Peat

Waterwheels

Wind Turbines

Peat was cut for fuel from the earliest times, with the name of one the cutting tools, tusker, coming from the Old Norse word torfskeri (literally peat cutter). The other is called a luggie. Some people still cut peat for fuel, but its main use today is by the Highland Park Distillery, where it is burned in the kiln to dry the malt. This gives the whisky its distinctive aroma and flavour.

Mills have been using water power on Orkney for hundreds of years. Click Mill on Dounby features a horizontal wheel, built in 1823. 50 years later, Boardhouse Mill was built in Birsay with a more modern vertical wheel.

Wind power has a long history here. Evidence shows that Orkney farmers used windmills in centuries gone by, and their stumps can still be seen on Sanday, North Ronaldsay and South Ronaldsay.

Find out more For more information on marine renewable energy in Orkney, visit: www.orkneymarinerenewables.com

Main photo: www.stevemorganphoto.co.uk

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Gastronauts With fertile land, sparkling lochs and clean seas, Orkney has all the raw ingredients for high-quality food and drink. Better still, we have dedicated producers and talented chefs whose combined skills turn Orkney’s harvest into awardwinning, first-class cuisine.

Similarly, you could savour fresh haddock, cod, tusk, halibut, plaice, sole, monkfish or squid. Rarer choices might include megrim, witch or ling.

There are many specialities to be enjoyed in Orkney. With lush grazing, it’s no surprise that premium beef is produced here. Much of it is exported, but you’ll find prime cuts in butchers’ shops and on restaurant menus across the islands. Don’t go home without trying North Ronaldsay lamb. They feed on seaweed, which gives the lean meat exceptional flavour and tenderness.

Orkney is also home to award-winning whisky distilleries, the UK’s most northerly winery and a number of charming real ales.

Depending on the season, look out for spoots (razor clams), whelks, cockles, lobster, crab and hand-dived scallops.

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If you’re staying in a self-catering property, you could serve dinner with clapshot made with locally-grown tatties (potatoes) and neeps (turnips) mashed together, or pack a picnic using locally-produced bread, cheese, butter and shortbread. Other traditional fare includes fattie cutties – a biscuit with currants, and Orkney oatcakes – wonderful with some smoked Orkney cheddar.

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Jollys of Orkney

Orkney Wine

Highland Park Whisky

George & Anne Stout own this family business, which has been selling premium quality seafood for almost 60 years. Jollys supply many local establishments as well as prestigious hotels such as Gleneagles and The Balmoral. Visit their shop in Hatston.

Emile van Schayk founded the Orkney Wine Company. It produces traditional fruit wines and liqueurs. They believe in doing everything as naturally as possible, which produces healthy sulphur-free wines that are full of antioxidants.

Graham Morrice conducts Standard and Best Spirit tours, which are tutored tastings of 12, 15 and 18 year-old Highland Park. Having been awarded the coveted Green Badge, he is also a fully qualified Orkney Tourist Guide.

www.jollyfish.co.uk

www.orkneywine.co.uk

www.highlandpark.co.uk

Williamsons Butchers, Kirkwall This renowned butcher’s shop can be found on East Road, Kirkwall, and is well worth a visit to experience the high quality of their locally sourced produce. Williamsons specialises in Orkney beef, Orkney lamb and Orkney pork, all received direct from local farms.

Gastronauts

Enjoy a seasonal recipe that gives you a taste of The Creel – voted a top 50 restaurant in the UK by Which Good Food Guide and the only establishment in Orkney to boast two AA rosettes for culinary excellence.

Scallops & Tusk, Fennel & Orange Salad Ingredients 4 scallops Tusk 1 fennel 2 oranges 25g sunflower seeds 25g pumpkin seeds

50g spinach Citrus dressing Sea salt 20g olive oil 25g butter Lemon juice

Method • Pan fry scallops & tusk in olive oil, add butter & lemon juice • Slice & blanch fennel 1 minute, cool in iced water • Segment oranges • Shred spinach leaves • Roast pumpkin & sunflower seeds • Combine with citrus dressing • Arrange

Visit The Creel Restaurant www.thecreel.co.uk

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BIRSAY BAY TEAROOM

Taste of Orkney

Palace, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX T/F: 01856 721399

SKERRIES BISTRO

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Opening Times: Feb - Oct, Wed - Mon, 11.00am - 5.00pm Nov - Jan, Fri - Mon, 11.00am - 3.30pm

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HAFF YOK CAFÉ

Light lunches, home baking, freshly brewed tea and coffee. Fairly traded produce. Local crafts. Local tourist information point. Friendly staff. Warm Westray welcome.

Finest selection of fresh & smoked fish including our Smoked Salmon, Hot Cure Salmon & award-winning Kippers. Available at our shop or online. Free Parking. Free Food Tasters. Orkney Produce.

Quarry Road, Pierowall, Westray KW17 2DH T: 01857 677777 M: 0776 607 3088 feedme@haffyokcafe.co.uk www.haffyokcafe.co.uk

Scott’s Road, Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1GR T: 01856 872417 F: 01856 874960 info@jollysoforkney.co.uk www.jollysoforkney.co.uk

JIM FRED’S CAFE

Opening Times: 6 May - 29 Sept: Sun & Mon: 12.30pm - 5.00pm Tues - Sat: 10.30am - 5.00pm Closed Jan - Apr and Oct - Dec.

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Situated in the heart of the St Margarets Hope village. We offer Light Lunches, Clam Chowdar, Snacks, Homebakes, Specialised Tea & Coffees, using local produce when available. Very convenient for Pentland Ferry traffic. FREE WiFi available.

Back Road, St Margarets Hope, Orkney KW17 2SP T: 01856 831225 stmargaretscottage@hotmail.co.uk www.orkneybackpackers.com

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JOLLYS OF ORKNEY

A Tearoom with a view...panoramic views of the surrounding Birsay coastline. Serving a selection of speciality teas, coffees, delicious home bakes as well as light lunches. Food served all day. New for 2014 - bikes for hire - contact us or Cycle Orkney for more details.

Opening Times: Apr - Sep Mon - Sun. 10.00am - 5.00pm

Opening Times: Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm Sat: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Banks of Orkney, Banks, Cleat, South Ronaldsay KW17 2RW T: 01856 831605 info@banksoforkney.co.uk www.skerriesbistro.co.uk

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ROYAL BRITISH LEGION KIRKWALL BRANCH

Legion members visiting Orkney are invited to visit and enjoy the facilities and hospitality within our Club Rooms. Bingo played on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Dancing to live music on Saturday evenings. Lunches served on Saturdays and Sundays. Snooker, Billiards, Pool and Darts facilities available daily. All visitors welcomed.

Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1AR T: 01856 873297 F: 01856 873297 rbl.kirkwall@yahoo.co.uk rbls-kirkwall.org.uk

Specialising in fresh local fish/shellfish - cod, pollock, scallops, crab and lobster. Vegetarian dishes available. Vegetable soup, sandwiches, homemade cakes and luscious desserts. Alcohol license. Neolithic tomb in car park!

Opening Times: Mon - Sun. 11.00am - 11.00pm

Opening Times: Apr - Oct: Mon - Sun: 11.00am - 5.00pm & 6.00pm - 10.00pm Booking for the evening essential

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Fresh local food, menus changing daily, served over looking Harray Loch with breathtaking views. Extensive lunch and supper menus also served in our lounge bar. Menus featuring Orkney Beef and Lamb, Hand Dived Scallops, Westray Crab and fresh landed fish. See main advert on page 46. Merkister Hotel, Loch Harray, Opening Times: Jan - Dec. Orkney, KW17 2LF Skerries Restaurant Open May - Sept T: 01856 771366 F: 01856 771515 (inclusive). Lunches and Supper merkisterhotel@googlemail.com served all year round. Bookings www.merkister.com required November - March

With us, you know where your meat has come from!

Taste of Orkney

Take some prime local beef, pork, lamb back home today

For guarantees of farm assurance, taste and quality, it has to be Orkney Beef, Orkney Lamb and Orkney Pork. Full traceability from farm to plate.

www.tasteoforkney.co.uk 01856 873986

Julia’s Café & Bistro 20 Ferry Road, Stromness 01856 850904

Fresh local ingredients whenever possible, vegetarian dishes, seafood specials, superior home bakes & cappuccinos to die for!

East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AZ

21 Albert Street, Kirkwall

OPEN 7 DAYS Monday to Saturday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Sunday 11.00 am - 4.00 pm (Apr-Sept)

01856 877714

"a warm friendly welcome awaits you, not to mention our great coffee and award winning home bakes"

Visit us on Facebook & see inside the Café & Kitchen via Google Maps

DIL SE OPEN all year round 7 days a week from 4.00pm to 11.00pm

Indian Restaurant, 7 Bridge Street, Kirkwall 01856 875242

Recommended by ‘Which? Good Food Guide 2014’ SEVEN years running & 2013 Trip Advisor Excellent Food Certificate Flavours from India & Bangladesh.

Takeaways available

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Orkney for

Treasure Hunters When you gaze on the textured landscapes, glittering seascapes and ever-changing skies, you realise why so many artists are inspired by Orkney. Home to painters, potters, furniture makers, jewellers, textile artists and sculptors, Orkney has a wealth of high-quality arts and crafts. It’s a place where traditions are kept alive and individual talents flourish.

Visit the studios of Orkney’s painters and you will see the islands interpreted in dozens of different ways – from incredibly detailed realism to mesmerising impressionism.

The Orkney chair with its woven straw hood and the bride’s cog have been made here for hundreds of years, and you can see local craftspeople making these items today. Wool from North Ronaldsay sheep has kept Orcadians warm for millennia, and now it is turned into colourful textile art as well as cushions, scarves and jumpers.

Orkney’s Neolithic history is reflected in some of the pottery, sculpture and jewellery created on the islands. But in the next studio, you’ll find eye-catching contemporary designs. It’s like opening one treasure chest after another. And if you want to take a little bit of Orkney’s magic home with you, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Orkney’s shops stock many stunning, locally-produced arts and crafts, as well as food and drink, especially in the towns of Kirkwall and Stromness. Orkney jewellery, crafts and pottery are especially prominent, and you are sure to pick up a striking reminder of your visit.

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Treasure Hunters

Orkney for

Designers Sheila Fleet OBE is one of Scotland’s leading creators of gold, silver and platinum jewellery. Sheila’s original collections feature Orkney’s history and folklore as well as pieces that reference the skies, sea, rocks and landscapes. Her designs are inspired by the rich and vibrant colours in and around Orkney. At Sheila’s showroom in Tankerness you can see her unique jewellery and take a tour to discover how her silver, enamel and gold pieces are made. Or if you’re in Kirkwall, pop into her gallery on Bridge street. www.sheilafleet.com

A treasure trail to follow To help you in your hunt for Orkney’s treasures, the Orkney Craft Association has created a craft trail for you to follow. It takes to you to the fascinating studios and workshops of Orkney’s finest artists and craftspeople. You can download the craft trail brochure at www.orkneydesignercrafts.com

MEET THE LOCALS

Ingrid Tait

Leila Thomson Leila’s unique, large, hand woven tapestries are inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney. Leila has been joined by daughter Johan, a drawing and painting graduate, and son Andrew, to create a diverse and exciting family business.

Judith Glue

Andrew Appleby

Creating scarves, hats, beasties and more. Using hand and machine knitting, crochet, felting, fabric-fusion and embroidery, Tait & Style takes textile art to a new level. Visit them in Kirkwall.

Come and browse the incredible range of Orkney knitwear, gifts, produce and more in Judith’s vibrant shop. And don’t miss her awardwinning Real Food Cafe.

The “Harray Potter” is an expert on Orkney’s Neolithic ceramics. Andrew makes everything from dinner sets to jewellery at Fursbreck Pottery. Visit and have a go at making a pot yourself!

www.taitandstyle.co.uk

www.hoxatapestrygallery.co.uk

www.judithglue.com

www.applepot.co.uk

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Shopping

Orkney Hand Crafted Furniture by Fraser Anderson

Scapa Crafts Orkney Chairs

FURNITURE ARTISAN – BESPOKE FURNITURE Traditional Orkney Chairs • Modern Orkney Chairs Made-to-measure Orkney Chairs • Orkney Chair Repair Mirrors • Creepies • Orkney Stools • Tables Special Commissions.

“Celebrating 10 years in business.” Established in 1866, Begg Shoes & Bags is an independent footwear retailer offering excellent customer service and a unique selection of shoes and accessories from quality international brands, including Ecco, Gabor, Rieker & Clarks. 26 Albert Street, Kirkwall, Opening Times: All year KW15 1HL Mon - Sat - 9:00am - 5:00pm T: 01856 872227 kirkwall@beggshoes.com www.beggshoes.com

Dellovo, New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1BL Tel: 01856 872492 • Fax: 01856 870523 • Mobile: 07742 428727 Email: fraser@orkneyhandcraftedfurniture.co.uk www.orkneyhandcraftedfurniture.co.uk www.bespokefurniturekirkwall.co.uk

Unique Chairs, Unique Quality... ...from Scapa Crafts!

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BRUCES STORES

Licensed grocer and mini-mart. Malt whiskies, Highland Park, local beers, freshly made sandwiches, bakes and ready meals, from our own kitchen. Ice-cream, local bread, meat and vegetables, Pay point, key cutting and lottery. The local store with a great deal more. 55 Victoria Street, Kirkwall Orkney

Old Orkney Driftwood Chairs Oak, Walnut and Sapele Orkney Chairs Visit us at 12 Scapa Court, Kirkwall Open all year, call Jackie 01856 872517

Opening Times: Jan - Dec Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 9.30pm Sat: 8.00am - 9.30pm Sun: 9.00am - 9.30pm

New Online Showroom

scapacraftsorkneychairs.co.uk

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THE LONGSHIP/OLA GORIE

Visit us, opposite the cathedral, for a blend of island craftsmanship andinternational style. Home of Ola Gorie jewellery, Tait & Style textiles, and a wide range of crafts, gifts, clothes, and fine wine. 7-15 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DH T: 01856 888790 www.olagoriejewellery.com www.thelongship.co.uk

Opening Times: Jan - Dec: Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 5.30pm Jul - Aug: Sun: 1.00pm - 5.00pm

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gn i s e d y r a r o p m te Con n o ti i d a tr y b d e inspir The Glide Collection was designed by Teresa Shearer: “I adore beach walking in Orkney – a chance to truly appreciate the big skies, open views and, of course, the wildlife and birds. The Glide collection represents that openness and freedom.”

Hand Crafted Furniture by Fraser Anderson. You are invited to visit my workshop and witness a craft centuries in the making. My award winning range of traditional and modern Orkney chairs are not to be missed. Dellovo, New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BL T: 01856 872492 M: 0774 242 8727 F: 01856 870523 fraser@orkneyhandcraftedfurniture.co.uk www.orkneyhandcraftedfurniture.co.uk www.bespokefurnitureorkney.com

Opening Times: Jan - Dec: 9.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm Other times by appointment

Browse our full range at www.aurora-jewellery.co.uk And, if you’re planning a wedding or a special celebration, we can help. Beyond the wedding bands, our Highland ware department includes kilts, jackets, sporrans, shoes and accessories to hire and buy.

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Visit our shops at:

Workshop:

69 Albert Street, Kirkwall KW15 1HQ T: 01856 871521 5 Rotterdam Street, Thurso KW14 8AA T: 01847 891700 Email: info@aurora-jewellery.co.uk

Old Finstown Road, St Ola, Orkney T: 01856 871861

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J E W E L L E R Y

Sheila Fleet OBE is one of Scotland’s leading jewellery designers. Her sophisticated silver, enamel, gold, palladium, diamond and platinum jewellery collections reflect times past and present. We take small personal tours around the workshop where you can see the jewellery being enamelled and finished. For groups larger than 6 please call us in advance.

Sheila Fleet Workshop & Showroom Old Schoolhouse, Tankerness, Orkney, KW17 2QT Tel. 01856 861 203

Sheila Fleet Gallery 30 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1HR Tel. 01856 876900

Designed & Made in Orkney, Scotland www.sheilafleet.com

Tidal Treasures

Strong tides in the Pentland Firth guard many natural treasures including the elusive Groatie Buckie. Look for the tiny silver shell caught inside the pendant to bring good luck to the keeper.

hoxa tapestry gallery tapestry rugs drawing and painting hoxa, st. margaret’s hope, orkney, kw17 2tw tel: 01856831395 www.hoxatapestrygallery.co.uk Leila Thomson’s gallery opened in 1996 to exhibit her large, unique, handwoven tapestries inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney. Joined by daughter Jo and son Andrew, they have developed a dynamic family business expanding to include new exhibition spaces and a purpose built studio for a new range of handcrafted designer rugs. Original artwork, rugs, cards and prints available to purchase.

April to September Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm Saturday and Sunday 2pm – 6pm

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BANKS CHAMBERED TOMB ‘Tomb of the Otters’

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NESS BATTERY

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A fascinating collection tracing the history of early domestic radio in Orkney and wartime memorabilia from Scapa Flow. An opportunity to experience a rare and unusual museum.

Stromness Tours Ltd, Quoyloo Cottage, Orkney KW16 3LT M: 07759 857298 info@nessbattery.co.uk www.nessbattery.co.uk

Kiln Corner, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LB T: 01856 871400 broughview@waitrose.com

Opening Times: Tours available all year round. See website or call for details. Adult £6, Children £4, Conc £5.

THE ORKNEY FOLKLORE & STORYTELLING CENTRE C8 Discovered in September 2010 this six chambered burial tomb, of which five chambers remain unexcavated, offers a unique opportunity to experience the reality of a Neolithic burial site. Interpretation centre. Guided tours inside the Tomb. Admission charge. No booking required. Banks, Cleat, South Ronaldsay, Opening Times: Apr - Oct. KW17 2RW Daily 10:00am - 5:00pm T: 01856 831605 banksoforkney@gmail.com www.bankschamberedtomb.co.uk

THE BISHOP’S PALACE AND EARL’S PALACE

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Via House, Sandwick Orkney KW16 3JF T: 01856 841207 peatfire@orkneyattractions.com www.orkneyattractions.com

ORKNEY FOSSIL & HERITAGE CENTRE

B8 TRY A DIVE! A great experience not to be missed – and only £80! This ‘one-on-one’ dive with an instructor is our most popular beginners course and is for everyone aged 10+. Guided wreck dives in Scapa Flow. Dry suit conversion courses. Lifeboat House, Stromness From £80.00 Orkney KW16 3DA Opening Times: Jan - Dec. T: 01856 851218 F: 01856 851218 Sun - Fri 12.00noon to 7.00pm diving@scapascuba.co.uk Sat 3.00pm to 6.00pm www.scapascuba.co.uk

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Aikerness, Evie KW17 2NH T: 01856 751414 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

Viewforth, Burray, KW17 2SY T: 01856 731255 www.orkneyfossilcentre.co.uk

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Opening Times: April - September. 10.00am - 5.00pm Adult - £4 Under 5’s Free Conc - £2.50

ORKNEY PAGAN WEDDINGS

When the tide permits, you can cross the causeway to this historic island. It was a place of local importance, for the Picts and Norse settlers. The remains include a ruined Romanesque church that was once a place of pilgrimage.

Turn your holiday into a honeymoon! Get married where, when and how you want - fully legal rituals in stunning locations. Unique, spiritual and memorable. Any other life ritual such as renewals of vows, wedding blessings, and baby namings on request.

Birsay KW17 2LX T: 01856 841815 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

T: 01856 761133 info@orkneypaganweddings.co.uk www.orkneypaganweddings.co.uk

Opening Times: Mid Jun - Sep: 9.30am - 5.30pm Admission: Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Conc £3.60

HACKNESS MARTELLO TOWER AND BATTERY

Refer to website for more information on fees.

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SKAILL HOUSE Find out how the Churchill Barriers were built, uncover local history through everyday objects, discover a unique collection of Orkney fossil fish and learn how the landscape formed. Well-stocked Gift Shop and Community Cafe serving good, home-made food.

BROUGH OF BIRSAY

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Opening Times: Mar - Dec

Explore this once mighty Iron Age settlement, with a small village arranged around a central, massive broch tower. Defended by two rock-cut ditches and a rampart, this was clearly a place of power. Opening Times: Apr - Oct: 9.30am - 5.30pm Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Conc £4.40

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: Mon - Sat: 10.00am - 4.30pm Sun: 2.30pm - 4.30pm Admission: Adult £3, Child £1

Enjoy and Discover: The Island Fishing & Farming Peoples Story. Evenings of Peatfire Tales, Music & Dance. Folklore Trails & Guides Heritage Walks. Bespoke private Storytelling and Tours available. For more information & to book an event contact Lynn.

Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall. The medieval Bishop’s Palace was built in the 1100s, in the early 1600s, the Bishop’s Palace was incorporated into a refined Renaissance palace. Palace Road, Opening Times: Kirkwall Apr - Oct: 9.30am - 5.30pm KW15 1PD Admission: Adult £4.50, T: 01856 871918 Child £2.70, www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places Conc £3.60

BROCH OF GURNESS

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ORKNEY WIRELESS MUSEUM

This gun battery was a vital part of Scapa Flow’s defences in both world wars. Home of the famous painted mural. Access by guided tour.

THE PIER ARTS CENTRE

Opening Times Jan – Dec Rituals and tours available all year at any time. Please email to book.

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Impressive 17th century mansion house, home to the Laird who discovered Skara Brae. Quality gift shop selling local and Scottish gifts. Self Catering also available. Breckness Estate, Sandwick KW16 3LR T: 01856 841501 F: 01856 841668 info@skaillhouse.co.uk www.skaillhouse.co.uk

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: Mon - Sun: 9.30am - 5.30pm Oct: Mon - Sun: 9.30am - 4.30pm Admission: Joint ticket with Skara Brae.

SKARA BRAE PREHISTORIC VILLAGE

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These defensive installations are remarkable remnants of war. They were built in 1813–14 to protect British convoys during the Napoleonic Wars, and adapted during later conflicts. Inside, learn about military life and the dances that locals held here.

Step back 5,000 years to explore one of Europe’s best-preserved prehistoric settlements. The village was first uncovered during a storm in 1850. Ever since, it has been a place of discovery for archaeologists, students, artists and enthusiasts.

Longhope, Hoy KW16 3PQ T: 01856 701727 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

Skaill KW16 3LR T: 01856 841815 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 9.30am - 5.30pm Admission: Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Conc £3.60

ITALIAN CHAPEL AND CHURCHILL BARRIERS

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Built by Italian Prisoners of War during the construction of the Churchill Barriers in WWII. Nissen huts disguise a beautiful and remarkable interior. The Churchill Barriers are now part of the road network connecting South Ronaldsay and Burray to the Mainland. Lamb Holm KW17 2SF johnamuir@tiscali.co.uk www.visitorkney.com/italianchapel

Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA T: 01856 850209 F: 01856 851462 info@pierartscentre.com www.pierartscentre.com

Opening Times: Jan - Dec: dawn to dusk Admission: Free

MAESHOWE CHAMBERED CAIRN

STROMNESS MUSEUM The Pier Arts Centre houses a remarkable Collection of 20th Century British and contemporary art including works by Barbara Hepworth, Sylvia Wishart and Callum Innes among others. The Gallery also presents a changing programme of local, national and international exhibitions. Opening Times: Jan - Dec: Tues - Sat: 10.30am - 5.00pm (for additional seasonal opening, see website). Admission: Free

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 9.30am - 5.30pm Oct - Mar: 9.30am - 4.30pm Admission: Adult £6.10 - £7.10, Child £4.30 - £4.90, Conc £3.70 - £5.70

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Orkney Maritime and Natural History Museum. Arctic whaling, Hudson’s Bay Company, the German fleet in Scapa Flow. Orkney natural history. Sir John Login and Duleep Singh Summer Exhibition. 52 Alfred Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DH T: 01856 850025 curator@stromnessmuseum.co.uk www.orkneycommunities.co.uk

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 10.00am - 5.00pm Oct - Mar: Mon - Sat: 11.00am - 3.30pm Admission: Adult £4.50, Child £1, Conc £4, Fam £9 All tickets valid one week

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Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in northwest Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering and more than 5,000 years old. Visitors must be pre-booked Twilight Tours available from June to August. Stenness KW16 3HA T: 01856 761606 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

01856 872457

Opening Times: Apr - Sep: 9.30am - 5.00pm Oct - Mar: 9.30am - 4.00pm Booking in advance is required Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Conc £4.40

Orkney Golf Club

www.orkneygolfclub.co.uk "Come and enjoy 18 holes at our challenging course with excellent greens and beautiful view over Kirkwall and North Isles"

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The Orkney Folklore & Storytelling Centre 01856 841207 peatfire@orkneyattractions.com www.orkneyattractions.com Enjoy and discover Island Stories, Peatfire Tales, Folklore Trails and Guided Heritage Walks.

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A unique hands on link to the past

Stone Age and Bronze Age sites

NEW - ‘Mesolithic Orkney’ room Wildflower Trail and Coastal Walk Visitor Centre & Gift Shop For a relaxed visit, allow 1 1/2 - 2 hours Open: March 10 am -12 noon, Apr - Sep 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Oct 9.30 am - 12.30 pm & Nov - Feb by arrangement. Admission charge Liddle, South Ronaldsay, KW17 2RW 01856 831339 www.tomboftheeagles.co.uk

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Explore the home of the man who unearthed Skara Brae. Discover tales of Smugglers, Bishops, Captain Cook and the bodies under the stairs. Experience a family home as it was in the 1950s. Enjoy the items collected by the twelve Lairds of Skaill and take home a souvenir from our Gift Shop.

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Open: April to September 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5.15pm) October 9.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 4.15pm) • Closed: November to March gift shop • disabled access • wedding venue Skaill House, Breckness Estate, Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR Tel: 01856 841501 Fax: 01856 841668 info@skaillhouse.co.uk www.skaillhouse.co.uk

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With our full calendar of lively events - celebrating music, science, art, storytelling, nature and agriculture - make sure you check what’s on offer before you book your trip. To get up-to-date information on events across the islands, please visit www.discover-orkney.com/events

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Kirkwall Men’s (throwup 13:00) and boys’ (throwup 10:30) games between the Uppies and the Doonies. www.bagame.com

February 25 Feb - 31 Oct Sea Trout Season Size limit: the OTFA recommends that all fish under 12 inches should be returned. www.orkneytroutfishing.co.uk 08 West Mainland Ploughing Match Classes for Vintage Shortboard, One Way and Reversible. www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/ owmas

March 15 Mar - 6 Oct Brown Trout Season Recommended that all loch trout under 10 inches should be returned to the water. www.orkneytroutfishing.co.uk 22 Spring Equinox Watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets across Orkney.

April - Oct Stromness Museum Stromness Summer exhibition “Sir John Login and Duleep Singh”. www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/ stromnessmuseum 11 - 13 Orkney Ceilidh Weekend Pickaquoy & St Magnus Centre A programme of day workshops and evening ceilidhs with music from local bands. www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/otda

May 03 Orkney Aggregates Rugby Sevens Tournament Orkney Rugby Football Club, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall www.orkneyrfc.co.uk 10 - 18 Orkney Nature Festival

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31 May - 07 June Orkney Wine Festival Various venues The only one of its kind in Scotland, the festival celebrates good wine and food.

June 15 Hoy Half Marathon The scenic route runs from Rackwick to North Walls School. 20 - 25 St Magnus International Festival Various venues One of Britain’s most highly regarded and adventurous celebrations of the arts. www.stmagnusfestival.com

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Unique events and activities exploring all of Orkney’s wildlife. www.orkneynaturefestival.org 03 May - 14 June (Saturdays only) Cathedral Concerts St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall A series of lunch time concerts from 1.00-2.00pm. www.otmp.co.uk 17 Norway’s Constitution Day Kirkwall A traditional Tog (parade) through the street followed by a service and concert in St Magnus Cathedral. www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/onfa

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22 - 25 Orkney Folk Festival Various venues Celebration of traditional and contemporary folk music. www.orkneyfolkfestival.com

18 June - 24 July Orkney Arts and Crafts Exhibition and Sale Kirkwall Town Hall www.orkneyartsandcrafts.com 22 Summer Solstice See the “Simmer Dim” on the longest day. Sunrise 04:00BST; sunset 22:30BST 28 North Isles Sports Sanday Annual sport event. www.sanday.co.uk

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1 30 June - 4 July Hands-on Orkney Centre for Nordic studies Learn about traditional life in Orkney. www.nordic.uhi.ac.uk

July 18 June - 24 July Orkney Arts and Crafts Exhibition and Sale Kirkwall Town Hall www.orkneyartsandcrafts.com 20 - 26 Stromness Shopping Week Community gala week with a range of family events. www.stromnessshoppingweek.co.uk 18 - 20 Papay Fun Weekend Papa Westray Music, dance, picnic, sports, cart races and more. www.papawestray.co.uk

August 01 - 03 The Sanday Soulka A celebration of the island’s food, farming and fishing. www.sandaysoulka.org 01 Sanday Agricultural Show The first of many local shows – the high points of the farming year where Orkney’s best stock is on display. 02 East Mainland Agricultural Show Tankerness 05 The Shapinsay Agricultural Show 06 South Ronaldsay & Burray Agricultural Show

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07 Dounby Show Dounby, West Mainland www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/owmas 09 Orkney County Show Bignold Park, Kirkwall www.orkneycountyshow.co.uk 10 3 Orkney Vintage Rally This event displays all kinds of engines, tractors, cars, motorbikes and farm machinery. www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/ orkneyvintageclub 10 Riding the Marches The procession meets on Broad Street at 2pm. www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/ ridingclub 16 6 Boys Ploughing Match Sand o’Wright, South Ronaldsay

September 4 - 10 Orkney International Science Festival Throughout Orkney A sparkling mix of events for all, from astronomy to archaeology, with concerts, ceilidhs, local food & drink. www.oisf.org 19 - 21 Orkney Blues Festival A weekend of blues and boogie. www.orkneyblues.co.uk 21 Autumn Equinox Watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets across Orkney.

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October 23 - 26 Orkney Storytelling Festival Throughout Orkney The festival events offer something for everyone. www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

November All November Sanday Sealcam A remotely operated camera overlooking seal breeding beaches on Sanday.

December Maeshowe Winter Solstice Webcams broadcast the light from the winter sunset shining into the ancient chamber of Maeshowe. www.maeshowe.co.uk 7 December and other dates Christmas Tree Lighting 2 Ceremonies St Lucia Festival Local school children and Norwegian visitors perform in St Magnus and trees are lit in Kirkwall and elsewhere. 25 1 Christmas Ba’ 2014, Kirkwall Kirkwall Men’s (throwup 13:00) and boys’ (throwup 10:30) between the Uppies and the Doonies. www.bagame.com 31 Hogmanay Celebrations Kirkwall & Stromness Bring in the New Year on Kirkwall’s Broad Street or at the Stromness pier head.

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Orkney Getting to

The adventure starts when your journey to Orkney begins Plane, boat, car, bus or train – however you travel to Orkney, you are guaranteed a memorable journey. It’s an easy place to get to as there are good transport links. And the scenery along the way is so spectacular that the miles will fly by.

Travel by plane Watching the islands materialise beneath you as the plane starts its descent is a magical way to start your visit to Orkney. It only takes an hour to fly direct from Edinburgh, and there are also several daily flights from Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and London. For international travellers, there are excellent connections to many airports. Find out more at www.flybe.com and www.ba.com London – Kirkwall (with connections) 3-4 hours Glasgow or Edinburgh – Kirkwall 1 hour Aberdeen – Kirkwall 50 minutes Inverness – Kirkwall 45 minutes Sumburgh (Shetland) – Kirkwall 35 minutes

Travel by boat As you sail towards Orkney and watch the islands rise from the sea, you will be seeing a landscape almost unchanged since the first sea-borne invaders arrived thousands of years ago. There are four ferry routes to choose from, and between 4 and 12 sailings a day depending on the season. Look out for local wildlife in the swirling currents and make sure you pack a pair of binoculars! Scrabster (near Thurso) – Stromness 90 minutes www.northlinkferries.co.uk Aberdeen – Kirkwall 6 hours www.northlinkferries.co.uk Gills Bay (near John o’Groats) – St Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay 60 minutes www.pentlandferries.co.uk John o’Groats – Burwick, South Ronaldsay 40 minutes (operates May – September) (foot passengers only) www.jogferry.co.uk

Taking the bus Join locals and jump on a bus to reach the islands. The Citylink network can take you to John o’Groats, Gills Bay or Scrabster for ferry services. www.citylink.co.uk Alternatively, if you want an express service, the Orkney Bus will take you from Inverness to Kirkwall, via John o’Groats Ferries (from June to September). www.jogferry.co.uk

Taking the train

Pentland ferries’ catamaran car and passenger ferry.

Picture: Ring of Brodgar, mid-summer sunset.

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You can reach Aberdeen and Thurso from most main Scottish railway stations, but if you want to start your holiday with an unforgettable journey, travel the spectacular Thurso route. www.scotrail.co.uk

Kirkwall harbour

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A selection of air and sea connections Sea Lerwick

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Sumburgh Summer service to Bergen

Connections to other UK and international airports Kirkwall Stromness St Margaret’s Hope Burwick Scrabster Gills Bay

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Once you’re here Inverness Aberdeen

Exploring and island hopping are so easy. With good roads, lots of travel options and the close proximity of attractions, it’s easy to be spontaneous. Jump on a bus, a ferry or a plane and you can see a different island every day.

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Exploring by boat

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All the inhabited islands are wellserviced by Orkney Ferries. You can enjoy sailing between Hoy, Graemsay, Flotta, Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre, Shapinsay, Stronsay, Sanday, Eday, Westray, Papa Westray and North Ronaldsay. Foot passengers can just jump aboard and buy tickets. Bikes go free on ferries, so simply turn up and pay as a foot passenger. Car travel should be booked in advance. www.orkneyferries.co.uk

Exploring by plane The quickest way to reach Eday, North Ronaldsay, Sanday, Stronsay, Westray and Papa Westray is by air. There are flights from Kirkwall Airport and on a clear day the views are simply marvellous. Take the world’s shortest scheduled flight between Westray and Papa Westray! www.loganair.co.uk

Exploring by road Cars and bikes are available to rent locally. You can even reach four different islands without getting your feet wet if you take the road over the Churchill Barriers. Alternatively, you can join a coach tour or take a local Stagecoach bus. www.stagecoachbus.com

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Getting Here

We are based in Kirkwall and serve all of Mainland Orkney. We offer quality transport at affordable prices, 6 & 7 seater available, deliveries & tours, contract hire and full disabled access. 58 Junction Road, Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1AG T: 01856 876543 or 01856 876972 bobstaxisorkney@hotmail.co.uk

Across the top – wildlife watchers, walkers and cyclists can enjoy a fantastic journey from John o Groats to Cape Wrath. From the raw beauty of Loch Eriboll to Dunnet Head, northernmost point on the UK mainland – we have it all! Windhaven, Brough, Thurso, Caithness KW14 8YE T: 01847 851774 M: 0778 011 3739 tinairving@letsgonorth.co.uk www.northhighlandway.org

Opening Times: Jan - Dec 24/7

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BRASS’S TAXIS

ORKNEY ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS Experienced local travel agent, specialising in travel to Orkney and Shetland. We tailor-make each itinerary to suit your individual requirements, using our local knowledge to create your perfect holiday. A managed agency of Barrhead Travel.

Taxis and M.P.V. available (six and eight seaters). Also tours to sights of interest. Credit and debit cards accepted.

37 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BS T: 01856 850750 brass_taxis@yahoo.co.uk

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SCAPA TRAVEL

GATEWAY TO THE NORTH HIGHLAND WAY

Opening Times: Jan - Dec: Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 5.30pm Sat: 10.00am - 3.00pm

11 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HR T: 01856 889040 scapa@barrheadtravel.com www.scapatravel.co.uk

Opening Times: Jan - Dec: Daily

CAPTAINS GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & TAKEAWAY

WILDABOUT ORKNEY TOURS & HOLIDAYS

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Amazing archaeology, expert guides, comfortable hotels, beautiful scenery, relaxing, informative, wonderful holidays. We offer all-inclusive holidays and private tours led by archaeologists. Please visit our website for full details & brochure. Bayview, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LR info@orkneyarchaeologytours.co.uk www.orkneyarchaeologytours.co.uk

Opening Times: Please visit website for current availability

ORKNEY TOURIST GUIDES ASSOCIATION The UK’s most ethically acclaimed no nonsense Seafood Restaurant offers outstanding dining and takeaway, serving only the freshest local Seafood caught within a 50 mile radius. Voted the UK’s Greenest Venue 2013/14. The Captains Galley, The Harbour, Scrabster. KW14 7UJ. T: 01847 894999 M: 0783 622 0990 jim@captainsgalley.co.uk www.captainsgalley.co.uk

Enhance your visit to Orkney by taking a tour with a fully insured, professionally trained and STGA accredited Orkney Guide.

Opening Times: Please contact us via Opening Times: Jan - Dec. our website: Please visit our website Opening times vary according info@otga.co.uk for details www.otga.co.uk to season. Please check Castleour of Mey Ad 2012_A5 L/S 04/10/2012 08:55 Page 1 website or phone to confirm.

Celebrating 25 years! Awaken your imagination and sense of adventure with an escape to the enchanting isles. We specialise in Orkney & Shetland holidays as well as Orkney tours and cruise ship shore excursions for groups and individual travellers. Glenacres, Quoyloo, Sandwick, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3LT T: 01856 877737 info@wildaboutorkney.com www.wildaboutorkney.com

Opening Times: Office hours Mon - Thur: 9.00am - 5.00pm Tours and holidays available year round

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We design short breaks, celebration trips and tailormade self-drive holidays, throughout Scotland, including to Orkney. Fly-drive and ferry based holidays available. Guardian/Observer Best Small Tour Operator 2011 & 2012. ATOL 9481. Suite 240, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow G2 6HJ T: 0844 873 6110 F: 0141 278 6013 scotland@mckinlaykidd.co.uk www.seescotlanddifferently.co.uk

Open daily 7th May to 30th September 2014 Closed 28th July to 9th August 2014 inclusive* Castle open 10.20am to last entries 4.00pm

Opening Times: Jan - Dec

Free parking – Limited disabled access * Dates subject to change, please see website

The Castle of Mey is situated on the north coast of Caithness just off the A836 between Thurso and John o’ Groats For further details please telephone 01847 851473 or www.castleofmey.org.uk

Relaxed tailor-made wildlife and culture holidays for small groups of 4 to 8 people

ORCADIAN Contact Steve Sankey Gerraquoy, Grimness South Ronaldsay Orkney KW17 2TH

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Tel: 01856 831240 Request a brochure or visit our website: www.orcadianwildlife.co.uk

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Dunbeath Heritage Centre Old School, Dunbeath, Caithness KW6 6ED 01593 731233 www.dunbeath-heritage.org.uk An engaging approach to landscape interpretation through art installations, photography, archaeology and unique floor map.

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The 21st Century crossing to Orkney! The 21st Century crossing to Orkney! Using the very latest technology and meeting the highest safety standards demanded by today’s Using the very latest technology and meeting the modern travellers, Pentland Ferries now has highest safety standards demanded by today’s Scotland’s finest catamaran car and passenger ferry modern travellers, Pentland Ferries now has crossing the old Viking Highway – the Pentland Firth, Scotland’s finest catamaran car and passenger ferry a journey time of an hour, and with three return crossing the old Viking Highway – the Pentland Firth, sailings each day. a journey time of an hour, and with three return sailings each day. A comfortable lounge offers excellent views on passage, and for those who prefer fresh air, the top A comfortable lounge offers excellent views on deck has safe, comfortable seating. Light snacks and passage, and for those who prefer fresh air, the top drinks are available. deck has safe, comfortable seating. Light snacks and drinks are available.

Passengers should be at the terminal thirty minutes Passengers should be at the before sailing time and are terminal thirty minutes advised to book, either before sailing time and are via the web or by advised to book, either telephone, to avoid via the web or by disappointment. telephone, to avoid disappointment. We accept cash on board or credit, We accept cash on debit card at our board or credit, onshore offices. debit card at our onshore offices.

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PENTLAND FERRIES LTD Pier Road, St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney KW17 2SW St Margaret’s Hope: 01856LTD 831226 01955 611773 01856 831697 PENTLAND FERRIES Pier Gills Road,Bay: St Margaret’s Hope,Fax: Orkney KW17 2SW St Margaret’s Hope: 01856 831226 Gills Bay: 01955 611773 Fax: 01856 831697

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Getting Here

A million miles from what you imagine... ...Orkney is closer than you think. Rich in unique culture, unrivalled wildlife and fascinating ancient ruins, the islands are yours to discover. And with regular, comfortable crossings from Aberdeen and Scrabster, their beauty and wonder are just a sailing away.

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Explore 5,000 Years of History For just £18 you can visit all of Historic Scotland‘s attractions in Orkney including the prehistoric village at Skara Brae, the Neolithic tomb of Maeshowe and the Iron Age settlement of Broch of Gurness. Available at your nearest Historic Scotland attraction or by visiting www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/explorer 40

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GREAT ORKNEY TOURS

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DAWN STAR BOAT TRIPS

WILD ISLANDS, PRIVATE BOAT TRIPS

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Experience the famous natural harbour of Scapa Flow, hear about its history and observe the seabirds and wildlife. May to September, tides and weather permitting, Dawn Star II departs from the pier in St Marys. Morvean, Berstane Road, St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SZ T: 01856 876743 M: 0775 994 4015 dawnstar@orkneyboattrips.co.uk www.orkneyboattrips.co.uk

Opening Times: May - Sep: Mon - Sun: 8.30am - 10.00pm (or sunset)

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ROUSAY TOURS My name is Jean Ross born and brought up in Orkney, I enjoy showing visitors the place I love. My tours are private and tailored to your requirements. Contact me to show you around Orkney’s varied History, Wildlife & Scenery. Bonnie Brae, Tankerness, Orkney KW17 2QS T: 01856 861443 M: 0776 816 5607 info@greatorkneytours.co.uk www.greatorkneytours.co.uk

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Fully escorted tours of Rousay, stopping at archaeological and scenic/wildlife sites. Booked tours met on arrival of the 10.40am ferry from Tingwall. Picnic hamper lunches also available. Sinyan, Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU T: 01856 821234 M: 0778 616 9364 patrick_maguire@hotmail.co.uk www.rousaytours.co.uk

Wildlife watching boat trips. Bird cliffs, seal colonies, puffin islands, caves, dolphins, whales. Fishing/photography. Secret places. Experienced skipper/naturalist. MCA approved boat. Max 5 passengers.

Opening Times: Jan - Dec Mon - Sun: 8.30am - 5.30pm Adult £30, Children £10, Group Discount

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Bay of Work, St Ola, Orkney, KW15 1UF M: 0788 985 4385 alphamax3@aol.com

Operating Times: Jan - Dec. Daylight hours including summer evenings. £50.00 per hour for hire of boat and skipper.

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Admire breathtaking scenery and wildlife with our individually tailored boat tours around the beautiful east coast and north isles. Take the opportunity to visit an uninhabited island or try a few hours fishing, rods etc. supplied. Kenny Sinclair Mallard Park, Tankerness T: 01856 861335 M: 0780 881 1819 merryfisher@hotmail.co.uk www.seaorkney.co.uk

Opening Times: Jan - Dec

WESTRAAK GUIDED TOURS Tailor-made tours of Orkney’s renewable energy industries. Tour can include visits to wave-power facilities at Billia Cru and tidal-power test units at the Falls of Warness, and trips to see other wind-power sites at Burgar Hill, etc. 45 Hamnavoe, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3JQ M: 0780 291 6577 mike@greenorkneytours.com www.greenorkneytours.com

Opening Times: Jan - Dec £100-£5,000 dependent on requirements

Celebrating 25 years! Awaken your imagination and sense of adventure with an escape to the enchanting isles. We specialise in Orkney & Shetland holidays as well as Orkney tours and cruise ship shore excursions for groups and individual travellers.

Contact Graham at: Opening Times: Quarry Road, Pierowall, Jan - Dec Westray, Orkney KW17 2DH T: 01857 677777 M: 0776 607 3088 info@westraak.co.uk www.westraak.co.uk

Glenacres, Quoyloo, Sandwick, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3LT T: 01856 877737 info@wildaboutorkney.com www.wildaboutorkney.com

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“Catherine J” Available for bareboat charter

Casa Nuestra, Blackhill Road, St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney Tel. +44 (0) 1856 878216 - E-mail brian@sailorkney.co.uk

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Guided Tours of Westray - ‘Queen of the Isles’. Historic, scenic and cultural, bird and wildlife watching, with experienced guide. Learn about Westray’s Renewables programme. Transport, lunch and refreshments included.

5/15/13 11:50 PM

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Island hopping... With daily flights to and from the mainland, why not explore the Northern Islands? We also offer interisland flights, which include the world’s shortest scheduled passenger flight between Westray and Papa Westray.

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Relax and unwind... At the very heart of Neolithic Orkney

 Breathtaking location  A la carte dining

Standing Stones Hotel Stenness, Orkney, KW16 3JX

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Luxur y in the centre of Kirkwall Contemporar y Orkney style Relaxing atmosphere Cosy Bothy Bar Orkney ales and whiskies Variety of dining options

tel 01856 876000 fax 01856 875397 email enquiries@alber thotel.co.uk web www.alber thotel.co.uk The Alber t Hotel, Mounthoolie Lane, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1JZ

West Manse & Brotchie, Westray offer homely, elegant and sustainable accommodation for individuals, couples, families or groups. Dogs very welcome in Brotchie

www.westmanse.co.uk

Woodwick Mill Woodwickaccommodation Mill 4 star luxury self-catering in Evie only 20 mins’ drive from Kirkwall and Stromness. 4 star luxury self-catering accommodation in Evie 20 mins’– drive from Kirkwall Stromness. 4only Apartments ranging from £425 and to £710 per week: Girnal with 2 bedrooms, sleeping 1-3, Sheafy with 2 bedrooms sleeping 1-4 ranging 1-5, fromKvern £425 with to £710 per week:sleeping 1-6 Kiln with4 3Apartments bedrooms,–sleeping 3 bedrooms Girnal with 2 bedrooms, sleeping 1-3, Sheafy with 2 bedrooms sleeping 1-4 Kiln with Austin: 3 bedrooms, sleeping 1-5,874 Kvern 3 bedrooms sleeping Micky telephone: 01856 150,with mobile: 07768 090 354 1-6 email: info@woodwickmill.co.uk, web: www.woodwickmill.co.uk Micky Austin: telephone: 01856 874 150, mobile: 07768 090 354 email: info@woodwickmill.co.uk, web: www.woodwickmill.co.uk

The Sands Hotel, Burray

www.thesandshotel.co.uk

01856 731 298

Our busy restaurant is open daily serving lunches, bar meals and a la carte.

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The Merkister Hotel ORKNEY’S ONLY COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

Situated on the banks of the Harray Loch in the centre of the west mainland of Orkney. Our family run hotel offers the perfect comfortable location from which to explore the many surrounding attractions. The perfect base for fishing, walking, birdwatching and relaxing. Residents’ lounge • Restaurant • Public lounge bar • Conservatory • Free WiFi The Merkister Hotel, Harray, Orkney KW17 2LF Tel: 01856 771366 Email: merkisterhotel@googlemail.com COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

www.merkister.com

Holiday homes with character in the heart of Orkney Whether you are looking for a rural retreat, a short stay, a family house with space to store bikes, or simply a comfortable holiday home with a great view, we have a property for you. sleeps up to 6

lodges sleep 2 - 4 each sleeps 4 High standard apartments available for a single night, weekend or longer: - on-site parking - easy access to local amenities and tourist attractions - panoramic views across Firth Bay - 7 miles to Stromness and Kirkwall and 10 miles to airport.

www.atlantislodges.com info@atlantislodges.com

sleeps 4 - 6

Call 01856 761581 for enquires on all properties featured

A unique house with real character: - superb sea views - great family accommodation - garage for bikes - outdoor area and private patio.

3 ideal family holiday homes: - outdoor play area and superb sea views - private patio and parking - easy access to Kirkwall, Stromness and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site.

Cosy rural retreat in tranquil farmland setting: - coal fire and sun room with loch views - borders the RSPB Birsay Moors reserve - Ferry 17 miles, airport 22 miles.

www.orkneyself-catering.com bookings@orkneyself-catering.com

An established family business, we ha ve been offering visitors a warm welcome to Orkney since 1977. We look forward to welcoming you!

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welcoming guests to the historic heart of Kirkwall

17th Century hotel where superb local cuisine

Dating back to 1670, the hotel offers every modern convenience, while retaining its original features and charm.

meets traditional

Ideally situated in the town centre, we are located minutes from the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, Earl’s & Bishop’s Palaces.

Orcadian hospitality in the heart of the ancient

We offer 30 elegant en-suite rooms, traditionally decorated, and equipped with Freeview TV. WiFi available.

burgh of Kirkwall

Superior and Deluxe rooms offer indulgent touches ranging from Jacuzzi baths to four-poster king beds.

Savour superb local produce in our Garden View Restaurant Our Garden View Restaurant offers the perfect setting for a unique dining experience. We use local produce including daily harvested seafood, Aberdeen Angus beef and Orkney lamb. After dinner, relax in the St. Magnus lounge with a wee dram from our extensive whisky menu.

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40 Victoria Street, Kirkwall t: 01856 873477 f: 01856 872767

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Staying in Orkney “The view from the hotel, over the lobster boats towards the island of Shapinsay, is quite simply stunning, as is the food served up in the hotel’s restaurant” – Scotland on Sunday

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A lively public bar, relaxing lounge bar and extremely popular restaurant serving local produce from a creative menu makes the Kirkwall Hotel the perfect base for business or pleasure.

www.kirkwallhotel.com

t: 01856 872232 e: enquiries@kirkwallhotel.com

Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LF Beautiful stone-built church building newly converted to exceptional standard. The three apartments have their own entrance, well proportioned rooms with a generous living area on the top floor. A stunning mix of traditional building, with the latest modern design, situated in the picturesque village of Finstown.

www.auldkirk-apt.co.uk

COTTAGES &CASTLES ORKNEY. LIVE THE DREAM FROM £165 PER WEEK

53-57 VICTORIA STREET, STROMNESS, ORKNEY, KW16 3BS TEL: (01856) 850342 E-MAIL: enquiries@royalhotel.biz WEB: www.royalhotel.biz

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Albert Hotel Luxury accommodation in central Kirkwall. Ideal access for North Isles ferry, bus station and attractions. Orcadian hospitality ensured. Free wifi. Mounthoolie Lane, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1JZ T: 01856 876000 F: 01856 875397 enquiries@alberthotel.co.uk www.alberthotel.co.uk

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The Kirkwall Hotel Family run hotel situated on picturesque waterfront, with popular restaurant and award winning Skippers Bar. Warm welcome and friendly service. Harbour Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LE T: 01856 872232 F: 01856 872812 enquiries@kirkwallhotel.co.uk www.kirkwallhotel.co.uk

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St Ola Hotel, Harbour Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LE T/F: 01856 875090 enquiries@stolahotel.co.uk www.stolahotel.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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St Ola Hotel The St Ola Hotel is situated in the heart of Kirkwall on the picturesque waterfront, offering comfortable rooms, food and drink.

Sgl (1) £42-£45 pppn Dbl (2) £42-£45 pppn Tw (2) £42-£45 pppn Fam (1) £42-£45 pppn Ensuite/priv facs (6)

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Smithfield Hotel In the heart of the West Mainland. Central for fishing, birdwatching, walking and archaeological sites. Enjoy our excellent local produce. Dounby, Orkney KW17 2HT T: 01856 771215 info@smithfieldhotel.co.uk www.smithfieldhotel.co.uk

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The Orkney Hotel Experience a 17th Century hotel where superb local cuisine meets traditional Orcadian hospitality in the heart of Kirkwall. Wifi.

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Hotels and Inns

Barony Hotel Small family run hotel with panoramic views. Serving local produce in our restaurant. Central to bird reserves and archaeological sites. Birsay, Orkney Sgl (4) £40 pppn T: 01856 721327 Dbl (2) £40 pppn M: 0776 395 6075 Tw (1) £40 pppn info@baronyhotel.com Fam (1) £40 pppn www.baronyhotel.com Ensuite (8)

Stenness, Orkney KW16 3JX T: 01856 850449 F: 01856 851262 info@standingstoneshotel.co.uk www.standingstoneshotel.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Sgl (4) £55-£60 prpn Dbl (5) £50-£90 pppn Tw (5) £50-£90 pppn Fam (3) £130-£145 prpn Ensuite (17) Open: All year

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The Stromness Hotel Situated on the pier overlooking Scapa Flow. Four bars, a la carte restaurant. Lift to all floors. Car park. WiFi.

Kenila B&B A warm Orcadian welcome awaits you at Kenila. Ideal base for fishing, bird watching and many historic sites. Extensive breakfast menu. Kenila, Harray, Orkney KW17 2LE T: 01856 771431 M: 0776 560 7737 sheila@kenila.com www.kenila.com

Sgl (5) £41-£64 prpn Dbl (14) £108-£112 prpn Tw (16) £108-£112 prpn Fam (3) £93-£133 prpn Ensuite (38)

The Pier Head, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AA T: 01856 850298 F: 01856 850610 info@stromnesshotel.com www.stromnesshotel.com

Open: Mar – Dec

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The Ferry Inn Stromness Centrally located with comfortable rooms, great food, stylish drinks and friendly local staff - warm welcome and a home from home feel. The Ferry Inn, 10 John Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AD T: 01856 850280 M: 0780 154 1793 F: 01856 851332 info@ferryinn.com www.ferryinn.com

Commodore Chalets, St Mary’s, Holm, Orkney KW17 2RU T: 01856 781319 www.commodorechalets.co.uk

Sgl (2) £39-£55 prpn Dbl (6) £65-£95 prpn Tw (4) £65-£95 prpn Fam (6) £90-£130 prpn Ensuite (15) Priv facs (3) Open: Jan – Dec

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Sgl £40 prpn Dbl (2) £75-£80 prpn Tw (1) £75 prpn Ensuite (3) Open: Jan – Dec

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Ardconnel B&B Friendly, family run B&B with comfortable, spacious rooms. Set in peaceful countryside with views over Kirkwall Bay, West Mainland and North Isles. Craigiefield Road, Kirkwall, St Ola, Dbl (2) £64-£68 prpn Orkney KW15 1UJ Tw (1) £64-£68 prpn T: 01856 873885 M: 0772 514 6464 Ensuite (3) ardconnel@hotmail.co.uk www.ardconnel.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Dbl (1) £35-£40 pppn Tw (2) £35-£40 pppn Ensuite/priv facs (3)

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Castlehill B&B Close to world heritage sites, overlooking magnificent vista of sea and islands, RSPB. Quality evening meals, Jaccuzi, sauna and WiFi. Highly commended. Castlehill, Georth Road, Evie, Orkney, Sgl £65-£75 prpn KW17 2PJ Dbl (3) £75-£90 prpn T: 01856 751228 M: 0785 022 6950 Tw (1) £75-£90 prpn jim@castlehillorkney.co.uk Ensuite (4) www.castlehillorkney.co.uk

Linnadale Friendly, comfortable accommodation. Excellent breakfast menu using local produce. Situated between Kirkwall and Stromness. Ideal for touring.

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Avalon House Purpose built guesthouse. Home cooking. Home comforts. Warm welcome 20 mins walk to Kirkwall. Free WiFi. All rooms en-suite. Avalon House, Carness Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UE T: 01856 876665 jane@avalon-house.co.uk www.avalon-house.co.uk

Sgl £35-£37 prpn Dbl (1) £30-£32 prpn Tw (2) £30-£32 prpn Ensuite (3) Open: Apr - Oct

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HammerSmith B&B Situated near the lochs of Harray and Stenness. We are close to the World Heritage Neolithic sites. Hammersmith, Harray Sgl £40-£55 prpn Orkney KW17 2JR Dbl (1) £55-£70 prpn T: 01856 771838 M: 0781 455 2430 Twn (2) £55-£70 prpn hammerbb@btinternet.com Fam (3) £70-£80 prpn www.hammersmithbb.co.uk Ensuite (6)

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Bellavista Guest House Quiet location, free WiFi, guest computer, private parking, downstairs dining room and bedrooms available. Guest lounge with fridge and microwave. Carness Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UE T: 01856 872306 info@bellavistaorkney.co.uk www.bellavistaorkney.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Holland House Bed and Breakfast 5 star accommodation. Ideal location for world heritage sites, fishing, bird watching, walking, cycling. Open fire. Healthy living award holder. Holland House, Harray, Sgl (1) £52 pppn Orkney, KW17 2LQ Dbl (1) £52 pppn T: 01856 771400 Twn (1) £52 pppn info@hollandhouseorkney.co.uk Ensuite (3) www.hollandhouseorkney.co.uk

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13 Palace Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PA T: 01856 872249

Open: Jan – Dec

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13 Palace Road Spacious and comfortable 19th-century house beside St Magnus Cathedral, run by local family. Beautifully appointed and all amenities close by.

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Northfield Oak framed individually designed Farmhouse, finished to a high specification with panoramic views to the Northern Isles of Orkney. Northfield, Deerness, Kirkwall, Dbl (1) £40 pppn Orkney KW17 2QL Tw (1) £40 pppn T: 01856 741353 M: 0779 009 5566 Family room available meandmyducks@hotmail.com Ensuite (2) www.orkneybedandbreakfast.com

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2 Dundas Crescent, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1JQ T: 01856 874805 twodundas@btinternet.com www.twodundas.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Mrs A Tait, Linnadale, Heddle Road Finstown, Orkney KW17 2EG T: 01856 761300 M: 0772 930 8431 annie.tait@btinternet.com

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2 Dundas Crescent Orcadian family run victorian house. Two minutes walk to town centre. Private parking. Free WiFi. Extensive breakfast menu.

Sgl (1) £45 pppn Dbl (2) £45-£50 pppn Tw (2) £40-£50 pppn Fam (1) £50-£110 prpn Ensuite/priv facs (4) Shared facs (2)

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Pierowall Hotel A Westray welcome for good food lots of refurbishment done and comfortable surroundings both inside and out.

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Commodore Chalets Well appointed self contained rooms, all en-suite. A good base for touring. Italian chapel, diving, fishing, beaches nearby.

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Pierowall Hotel, Westray, Orkney KW17 2BZ T: 01857 677472 F: 01857 677707 enquiries@pierowallhotel.co.uk www.pierowallhotel.co.uk

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Hildeval Bed & Breakfast Hildeval is situated approx 10 minute walk from Kirkwall Town Centre and just a few minutes from Orkney College. Hildeval, Easthill, Kirkwall, Sgl (2) £36-£46 prpn Orkney KW15 1LY Dbl/Tw (3) £52-£72 prpn T: 01856 878840 M: 0773 388 4971 Fam (2) Please call enquiries@hildeval-orkney.co.uk Ensuite (5) www.hildeval-orkney.co.uk Open: Feb – Oct

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Karrawa Guest House A true Orcadian welcome awaits you at Karrawa Guest House. A family run establishment offering comfortable and homely en-suite accommodation. Cycle hire available from the Guest House. Inganess Road, Kirkwall, Orkney Sgl £40-£64 prpn T: 01856 871100 M: 0792 180 2652 Dbl (5) £60-£70 prpn stay@karrawaguesthouseorkney.co.uk Twn (3) £60-£70 prpn www.karrawaguesthouseorkney.co.uk Fam (1) £64-£128 prpn

Westrow Lodge B&B Norwegian style timber house between Kirkwall and Stromness with two spacious King-bedded en-suite rooms with glorious views of Scapa Flow. Westrow Lodge, Orphir Orkney KW17 2RD T: 01856 811360 k2bichan@aol.com www.rovingeye.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Sgl (2) £33 pppn Dbl (1) £33 pppn Tw (1) £33 pppn Ensuite (2) Priv facs (2) Open: Jan – Dec

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The Royal Oak Guest House Family run Guesthouse. All rooms are ensuite. Kitchen/lounge for guest use. Views across Scapa Flow. 10 mins walk to town centre. Late arrivals okay.

Open: Jan – Dec

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Scapa House Orcadian family home, situated in a rural location near Scapa distillery. Two miles from Kirkwall and St Magnus Cathedral. Open all year.

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Brinkies Guest House Orcadian hospitality; spectacular views; abundant wildlife; countryside location – but only 4 min drive, and within walking distance of Stromness.

Sgl £30-£35 pppn Dbl (2) £25-£35 pppn Tw (1) £25-£35 pppn Ensuite (3)

Brownstown Road, Stromness Orkney KW16 3JN T/F: 01856 851881 M: 0772 939 4828 brinkiesguesthse@btinternet.com www.brinkiesguesthouse.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory Solar and wind powered island accommodation with birdwatching and natural history activities. Additional dormitory rooms available.

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Burnside B&B Enjoy stunning views of Stromness from our comfortable farmhouse. Relax in our lovingly refurbished 1950’s themed bedrooms. Burnside Farm, Northend Road, Sgl £40-£80 pppn Stromness, Orkney KW16 3LJ Dbl £40-£90 pppn T: 01856 850723 M: 0776 671 3701 Tw £40-£90 pppn rjburnsidefarm@gmail.com Rooms (3) www.burnside-farm.com Ensuite (2) Priv facs (1)

Sgl (1) £37-£50 pppn Dbl (4) £37-£41 pppn Twn (2) £37-£41 pppn DB&B £49-£64 pppn Ensuite (7) Open: Jan – Dec

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The Noust Bed and Breakfast Comfortable rooms, peaceful surroundings, private parking, bar and free WiFi. Close to Hoy Ferry Terminal, beaches, bird reserve and walks. The Noust, Orphir, Sgl £40 pppn Orkney KW17 2RB Dbl (2) £35 pppn T: 01856 811348 Tw (1) £35 pppn annatnoust@aol.com Ensuite (3) www.thenoust.co.uk

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Orca Guest House Friendly family-run guesthouse in central location only two minutes walk from ferry/bus connections. 76 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BS T: 01856 850447 d@orcahotel.com www.orcahotel.com Open: Jan – Dec

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Scorralee B&B Enjoy a warm Orcadian welcome at Scorralee, situated in an elevated position overlooking Scapa Flow. Ideal base for great holiday experience. Scorralee, Scorradale Road, Sgl £38-£40 pppn Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RF Dbl (2) £28-£38 pppn T: 01856 811268 F: 01856 811268 Tw (1) £28-£38 pppn margaretclouston@btinternet.com Ensuite (3) www.scorralee.co.uk

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Mill of Eryland Beautifully converted water mill with maintained workings creating unique accommodation. Lovely garden and mill burn surroundings. Three miles from Stromness and close to archaeological sites. Central location Orkney mainland. Mill of Eryland, Stenness, Sgl (1) £30-£45 pppn Orkney, KW16 3HA Dbl (3) £30-£45 pppn T: 01856 850136 Tw (1) £30-£40 pppn info@millofeyrland.com Fam (2) £30-£45 pppn www.millofeyrland.com Ensuite (3) Priv fac (1)

Sgl (1) £45-£55 pppn Dbl (3) £32-£35 pppn Twn (3) £32-£35 pppn Fam (2) Price on request Ensuite (8)

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SOUTH RONALDSAY

Church Road, St. Margaret’s Hope, Orkney KW17 2SR T: 01856 831637 stmargaretscottage@hotmail.co.uk www.stmargaretscottage.com

Sgl £50-£60 pppn Dbl (1) £30-£35 pppn Tw (4) £30-£35 pppn Fam (2) £28-£35 pppn Ensuite/priv facs (7)

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Twingness, North Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2BE T: 01857 633200 alison@nrbo.prestel.co.uk www.nrbo.co.uk

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St Margarets Cottage B&B A traditional sandstone cottage close to Pentland Ferries, shops, post office and pub. Rooms have TV and WiFi. Early Breakfast available.

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Scapa House, Orphir Road, St Ola, Orkney KW15 1SE T/F: 01856 874639 M: 0778 640 9753 bs.wylie39@btinternet.com

Open: Jan – Dec

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Polrudden Guest House All rooms en-suite, large private car park, wireless internet access, 10 min walk to town centre, close to sport centre.

Liz Bruce, The Royal Oak Guest House, Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PY T: 01856 877177 info@royaloakhouse.co.uk www.royaloakhouse.co.uk

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Backaskaill B&B Our stunning farmhouse is 2 minutes walk from the beach. All food is freshly prepared daily. Restaurant open to non residents. Backaskaill, Sanday, Orkney KW17 2BA Sgl (1) £45 pppn T: 01857 600305 Dbl (1) £40-£65 pppn M: 0762 448 3244 Twn (1) £40-£65 pppn janey4geoff@btinternet.com Ensuite (3) www.bedandbreakfastsandayorkney.com

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Peerie Sea Loan, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UH T: 01856 874761 M: 0751 810 4188 linda@polrudden.com www.polrudden.com

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Lerona B&B Lerona is situated 10 mins walk to nearest restaurant. Very convenient for ferries to North Isles. Quiet location, high standard breakfast and clean. Cromwell Crescent, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LW T: 01856 874538

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TANKERNESS Straigona Bed & Breakfast Semi rural with views over Inganess Bay but just five miles from Kirkwall. Close to Airport. All rooms ensuite. Tankerness, Orkney KW17 2QR T: 01856 861328 M: 0776 209 8005 straigonabandb@gmail.com www.straigona.co.uk

Open: Jan – Dec

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1 Broughton B&B Comfortable, renovated nineteenth-century house on waterside with great views over Pierowall Bay close access to village. 1, Broughton, Westray Sgl £40-£60 pppn Orkney KW17 2DA Dbl (3) £60-£70 prpn T: 01857 677726 M: 0778 350 8753 Tw (2) £60 prpn swaledale45@hotmail.com Fam £85 prpn www.no1broughton.co.uk Ensuite/priv facs (5)

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Ben End Self Catering Ben End Self Catering is the ideal get away destination with spectacular views. Enjoy a comfortable, relaxing and memorable time. Short breaks available. Fjogstad House, Sandwick, Orkney Per week £200-£400 KW16 3HZ Annex (1) T: 01856 841772/721412 Bedrooms (2) charlie.rudge@btinternet.com Sleeps (3) www.cottageguide.co.uk/benend/ Open: Jan – Dec

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Palace Cottage Traditional cottage retaining many original features, refurbished to a high standard. Excellent location for Brogh of Birsay and Marwick Head. Mrs Maureen Norquoy, Kellyan, Per week £280-£350 Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LX Cottage (1) T/F: 01856 721418 Bedrooms (2) enquiries@palace-cottage-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (2-6) www.palace-cottage-orkney.co.uk

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Hannabreck Traditional Orkney cottage secluded location, panoramic views. Box beds, flag stone floors, open fire, WiFi. Local fishing, pets welcome. Biggings, Dounby, Per week £190-£400 Orkney KW17 2HR Cottages (1) T/F: 01856 771340 Bedrooms (2) enquiries@lochlandchalets.co.uk Sleeps (2-4) www.hannabreck.co.uk Open: Mar – Oct

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Poppy’s Place Warm and comfortable ground floor flat in historic parish of Birsay. Beach, archaeology and bird reserves all close by.

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Farafield A well furbished cottage, on a working farm, with village amenities nearby. Beautiful scenery, hill walks, historic sites, lochs and sea all close by. Skelday, Dounby, Per week £250-£400 Orkney KW17 2JD Cottage (1) T: 01856 771253 Bedrooms (2) M: 0780 333 2549 Sleeps (4) maxwell.tait@btconnect.com

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Mid Colmoquoy Cottage A cosy modern detached bungalow. Close to Marwick Head and Brough of Birsay. Ideal for fishing, touring, birdwatching and historic sites. Mrs G Watt, Mid Colmoquoy Per week £125-£210 Cottage, Marwick, Birsay, Bungalow (1) Orkney KW17 2ND Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 721218 Sleeps (4) gertiewatt9@btinternet.com

Ourigaire, Burray Orkney KW17 2SS T: 01856 731349 a.artymiuk@btinternet.com http://ourigaire.co.uk/

Open: Jan – Dec

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Tiffyhall, Deerness, Orkney, KW17 T: 01856 741261 M: 0797 133 4534 enquiries@tiffyhall.com www.tiffyhall.com Open: Jan – Dec

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Tiffyhall Holiday Cottage Self Catering Holiday Cottage, sleeps 4, views across adjoining farm land, located on working small holding, near local sites.

The Loons Self Catering Cottage Situated on a working stock farm overlooking the RSPB Loons Reserve. Perfect for fishing, walking, bird watching, cycling and relaxing. Phyllis Ballantyne, Netherdale, Per week £170-£270 Birsay, Orkney KW17 2NA Cottage (1) T: 01856 721386 M: 0795 524 1397 Bedrooms (2) phyllis@loonscottage.co.uk Sleeps (1-4) www.loonscottage.co.uk

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Klobister Exceptional self catering accommodation in a newly built spacious and immaculate bungalow, set within an acre of private garden. Klobister, Deerness KW17 2QJ Per week £385-£560 T: 01856 761575 Bungalow (1) M: 0777 413 1733 Bedrooms (3) info@klobister.com Sleeps (2-5) www.klobister.com

Corks Totally private restored cottage - panoramic views over loch and sea. Underfloor heating and spacious living room make perfect holiday home. Lady Dunmore, 14 Regent Terrace, Per week £400-£550 Edinburgh EH7 5BN Cottage (1) T: 0131 556 7051 M: 0774 331 9978 Bedrooms (2) anne.dunmore@talktalk.net Sleeps (2-4) www.corksorkney.com

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Kirk Abune The Hill Beautifully renovated old Kirk situated on the coast of the West Mainland. Excellent area for birdwatching and fishing. Brough of Birsay, Skara Brae and four lochs all close by. Per week £750-£850 Old Manse, Swannay, Kirk/House (1) Orkney KW17 2NS Bedrooms (4) T: 01856 721377 M: 0770 426 6032 Sleeps (8) kirkabunethehill@gmail.com

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Corkaquina Refurbished 19th c stone cottage retaining original character, scenic location overlooking Marwick Bay. Close to RSPB reserve. Short breaks available. Mrs G Moar, Upper Scapa, Per week £375-£595 St Ola, Orkney KW15 1SD Cottage (1) T: 01856 874100 M: 0774 548 7498 Bedrooms (2) info@orkney-cottages.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.orkney-cottages.co.uk

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Skesquoy Country cottage set in tranquil farmland adjacent to RSPB reserve. Comfortable retreat with coal fire, sun room and loch views. Boathouse, Finstown, Per week £430-£550 Orkney KW17 2EH Cottage (1) T: 01856 761581 M: 0776 075 7856 Bedrooms (3) bookings@orkneyself-catering.com Sleeps (2-6) www.orkneyself-catering.com

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Braehead Manse Modern, luxury conversion of a Kirk Hall for B&B or Self-Catering. Just outside Pierowall, offering views of Westray and Papa Westray. Braehead Manse, Westray, Sgl £45 prpn Orkney KW17 2DB Tw (1) £65 prpn M: 0779 699 8410 Fam (1) £95 prpn info@braeheadmanse.co.uk Ensuite (2) www.braeheadmanse.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec (excl Xmas)

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DOUNBY Kringla Apartments Spacious, modern and very well equipped apartments in a small friendly village. Outstanding location for natural, historical and archaeological sites.

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Norton Cottage Recently built, traditional style cottage complete with modern furnishings. Ideal location for fishing, birdwatching and sightseeing. Suitable for the disabled. Allan and Paula Spence, Saither, Per week £250-£450 Dounby, Orkney KW17 2HS Cottage (1) T: 01856 771284 M: 0787 906 0569 Bedrooms (2) paula@norton-cottage.co.uk Sleeps (6) www.norton-cottage.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Peedie Hoose A luxury two bedroom cottage enjoying lovely sea views. Its central location ensures all sites of interest are easily accessible. GR Stevenson & Co, Burness, Per week £390-£690 Firth, Orkney KW17 2ET Cottage (1) T: 01856 761442 M: 0776 866 3922 Bedrooms (2) ann@the-stevensons.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.orkneyselfcatering.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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South Heddle Comfortable house, quiet location between Kirkwall and Stromness. Few miles from Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar, and Stenness and Harray lochs. Virginia, Stenness, Orkney, KW16 3HG T: 01856 761282 Open: Jan – Dec

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Atlantis Lodges Waterfront accommodation available for single night or longer. On-site parking, with easy access to village amenities and Orkney attractions. Boat House, Finstown, Per week £280-£450 Orkney KW17 2EH Apartments (12) T: 01856 761581 M: 0776 075 7856 Bedrooms (1-2) info@atlantislodges.com Sleeps (2-4) www.orkneyself-catering.com Open: Jan – Dec

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Auld Kirk Apartments A stunning mix of traditional building, with the latest modern design, situated in the picturesque village of Finstown. 5 Clumly Avenue, Kirkwall, Per week £450-£600 Orkney KW15 1YU T: 01856 875438 Apartment (3) M: 0788 444 6086 F: 01856 877014 Bedrooms (3) michelle@r-clouston.co.uk Sleeps (2-6) www.auldkirk-apt.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Orkney Self Catering Novel upturned boathouse on private seashore site. Superb sea view. Central location for all sightseeing. Ideal family accommodation. Boathouse, Finstown, Per week £450-£575 Orkney KW17 2EH Boathouse (1) T: 01856 761581 M: 0776 075 7856 Bedrooms (3) bookings@orkneyself-catering.com Sleeps (6) www.orkneyself-catering.com

Upper Quoys A cosy farm cottage situated just outside the village of Evie, in the west mainland of Orkney. Nigley, Evie, Orkney KW17 2PH Per week £400 T: 01595 741390 Cottage (1) M: 0750 084 3633 Bedrooms (2) upperquoys@live.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.holidayorkney.com

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Grimbister Farm Cottage Spacious three bedroom cottage on working farm. Come and enjoy the outstanding views over the Bay of Firth. Mrs A Seator, Grimbister Farm, Per week £300-£400 By Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1TT Cottage (1) T/F: 01856 761318 Bedrooms (3) grimbister@orknet.co.uk Sleeps (6)

Eviedale Cottages Our two cottages and two flats are based on an old farm steading and are furnished to a high standard in country style with solid fuel stoves. Whistler, Evie, Orkney, KW17 2PJ Per week £350 (15% discount out of season) T: 01856 751270/751254 Cottages (2) Flats (2) M: 0774 393 1788 Bedrooms (2) eviedale@orknet.co.uk Sleeps (3-4) www.eviedale-orkney.co.uk

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Craigview In a peaceful location with spectacular views over the sea to the cliffs and Rousay. Ideal for fishing, walking, archaeology, bird and seal watching. Mrs K Larkin, 40 Holme Road, Per week £320-£350 Nottingham NG2 5AA House (1) T: 01159 825014 M: 0779 879 8538 Bedrooms (3) kareen.larkin@googlemail.com Sleeps (6) www.craigview.co.uk

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Swannay Cottage Swannay Cottage offers amazing fishing, shooting and birdwatching opportunities on site. Swannay, By Evie, Per week £350-£400 Orkney KW17 2NP Cottage (1) T: 01856 721258 M: 0792 869 4363 Bedrooms (3) info@swannaycottageorkney.co.uk Sleeps (5) www.swannaycottageorkney.co.uk

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Sties Traditional croft cottage, recently renovated to a high standard, situated 200 yards from the shore with views across neighbouring Islands. 69 Ormond Crescent, Hampton, Per week £300 Middlesex TW12 2TQ Cottages (1) T: 020 8941 5291 M: 0777 846 3798 Bedrooms (2) walter.cormack@blueyonder.co.uk Sleeps (5) www.sties.co.uk

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The Peedie Hoose Renovated to very high standard, close to Dounby village. Ideally situated for all interests. Welcome pack provided, Families welcome. Mrs W Kirkness, New Vola, Per week £350-£450 Dounby, Orkney KW17 2JQ Cottages (1) T: 01856 841724 M: 0795 839 9410 Bedrooms (2) newvola@btinternet.com Sleeps (6) www.thepeediehoose.co.uk

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Buan House Spacious four bedroom house enjoying panoramic views over the sea. Central location giving easy access to all the main sites. G R Stevenson & Co, Burness, Firth, Per week £650-£990 Finstown, Orkney KW17 2ET House (1) T: 01856 761442 M: 0776 866 3922 Bedrooms (4) ann@the-stevensons.co.uk Sleeps (8) www.orkneyselfcatering.co.uk

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Woodwick Mill An Eco-friendly getaway in a peaceful burnside setting with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. M T Austin, 4 Dundas Crescent, Per week £425-£710 Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1JQ Flat (1) Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 874150 M: 0776 809 0354 Sleeps (1-3) info@woodwickmill.co.uk Apartments (3) Bedrooms (2-3) www.woodwickmill.co.uk Sleeps (1-6)

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Lochland Chalets Spacious fully equipped chalets. Located near free fishing lochs. Archaeological sites, shops. Own bird hide. Disabled accommodation. Pets Welcome. Biggings, Dounby, Per week £100-£280 Orkney KW17 2HR Chalets (4) T/F: 01856 771340 Bedrooms (2) enquiries@lochlandchalets.co.uk Sleeps (2-4) www.lochlandchalets.co.uk

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Orkney Self Catering 3 Self Catering Bungalows. Central waterfront location. Superb seaviews. Patio and private parking. Close to world heritage site. Boat House, Finstown, Per week £430-£550 Orkney KW17 2EH Bungalow (3) Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 761581 M: 0776 075 7856 Sleeps (2-4) bookings@orkneyself-catering.com www.orkneyself-catering.com

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Craebreck House Spacious comfortable farmhouse on organic beef farm six miles from Kirkwall. Price varies depending on number of people. Netherbreck, Holm, Orkney KW17 2RX Per week £300-£700 T: 01856 781231 House (1) M: 0788 748 4731 Bedrooms (5) orkneyholiday@gaudies.freeserve.co.uk Sleeps (11) www.orkneyholiday.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Breckan Spacious four bedroom house with enclosed garden, overlooking Harray Loch and Hoy Hills. Ideal location for families, sightseeing and fishing lochs. Karona, Stoneyhill Road Per week £300-£400 Harray, Orkney KW17 2JS House (1) T: 01856 771442 Bedrooms (4) james.ballantyne4@btopenworld.com Sleeps (6)

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KIRKWALL 7 Thom Street Newly refurbished 4 bedroom house, in a quiet location in Kirkwall town centre, with private parking and garden. Ideal for families. Lynnbrekk, The Meadows, Kirkwall Per week £400-£800 Orkney KW15 1DE House (1) T: 01856 875135 M: 0791 966 9999 Bedrooms (4) lynnbrekk2@tiscali.co.uk Sleeps (7)

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Lairlea, Holm Road, Per week Kirkwall, KW15 1RT House (1) T: 01856 874061 M: 0773 306 5545 enquiries@selfcatering-kirkwallcentre.co.uk www.selfcatering-kirkwallcentre.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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12 Clay Loan Terraced house in the centre of Kirkwall. An ideal base for your family holiday in Orkney. Briarlea, 10 Dundas Crescent, Per week £300-£450 Orkney KW15 1JQ House (1) T: 01856 875556 Bedrooms (3) alicecant@btinternet.com Sleeps (5) alice@kirkwallselfcatering.com Open: May – Sept

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Commodore Chalets Well appointed, fully equipped units, many with sea view. Italian Chapel, diving, fishing, beaches nearby. Commodore Chalets, Per week £150-£400 St Mary’s, Holm, Chalets (9) Orkney KW17 2RU Bedrooms (1-2) T: 01856 781319 Sleeps (2-6) www.commodorechalets.co.uk

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‘Wir Peedie Hoose’, 13 Buttquoy Park Quiet location in the centre of Kirkwall in close proximity to St Magnus Cathedral and The Earl’s and Bishop’s Palaces.

Windywalls Newly renovated 3-bedroom farmhouse with beautiful views to Hoy Hills & Ring of Brodgar. Convenient location for all that Orkney has to offer. Kirsty Mainland Per week £380-£480 T: 01856 821336 Cottage (1) M: 0786 075 5761 Bedrooms (3) kirstyamainland@aol.com Sleeps (6) www.Islandhousesorkney.com

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Cliffgate Contemporary designed cottage of exceptional quality in the Rackwick Valley. Great for families and friends. Sleeps 8. Short breaks welcome. The View, Stoneyhill Road Per week £400-£600 Harray, Orkney KW17 2JS Short breaks £200-£300 T: 01856 771231 M: 0790 010 3921 Cottage (1) info@cliffgate.co.uk Bedrooms (4) www.cliffgate.co.uk Sleeps (8)

Rickla Five-star luxurious and secluded accommodation, with exceptional decor and attention to detail, right in the heartland of Neolithic Orkney. Rickla, Harray, Orkney KW17 2JT Per week £390-£740 T: 01856 761575 House (1) M: 0777 413 1733 Bedrooms (2) jane@rickla.com Sleeps (2-4) www.rickla.com

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New Breckan Country Cottage suitable for a couple. Located in the heart of the West Mainland. Many archaeological sites nearby. New Breckan, Harray, Orkney Per week £150-£230 KW17 2JR Cottages (1) T: 01856 771233 Bedrooms (1) sandra@newbreckan.co.uk Sleeps (2) www.newbreckan.co.uk

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Burnhouse Island location with spectacular views of Ward Hill and Scapa Flow. Unwind with fishing, birdwatching or hill and coastal walks. Per week £400-£600 Melfea, Cannigall Road, Cottage (1) Bedrooms (3) St Ola, Orkney Sleeps (5) T: 01856 870058 M: 0776 268 9225 hazel.melfea@btinternet.com

Furso Langhouse Have a peaceful, relaxing, holiday in our Langhouse with traditional open fire, box beds plus modern comforts. Views towards Harray loch. Val Flett, Lynnbrekk, The Meadow Per week £300-£500 Kirwall, Orkney House (1) T: 01856 875135 Bedrooms (2) lynnbrekk2@tiscali.co.uk Sleeps (2-6) www.fursolanghouse.co.uk

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Netherbutton Cottages Traditional style cottages with modern interiors. Peaceful country location three miles from Kirkwall. Superb views over Scapa Flow. Mrs Shirley Ward, Scarhaven, Per week £250-£475 Holm, Orkney KW17 2RZ Cottage No.1 Bedrooms (3) T: 01856 781312 M: 0783 583 5126 Sleeps (1-6) shirley@netherbutton.co.uk Cottage No.2 Bedrooms (2) www.netherbutton.co.uk Sleeps (1-4)

Fursbreck House Tastefully furnished:- Artworks - Library. Suntrap Garden:- birdwatching and stargazing. Farm Museum, Ancient sites:- individual pottery tuition. Andrew & Sigrid Appleby Per week £375-£500 Fursbreck Pottery, Harray. House (1) T: 01856 771419 or 01856 851414 Bedrooms (3) fursbreck@btinternet.com Sleeps (6) £20pw per pet - max of 2 www.applepot.co.uk

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14 Buttquoy Park Modern semi-detached bungalow situated in the beautiful town of Kirkwall, only two minutes walk from the town centre. Mr R. Peace, New Voy, Toab, Per week £330 Orkney KW17 2QG House (1) T: 01856 861267 M: 0786 776 5774 Bedrooms (1) raymondpeace@btinternet.com Sleeps (2-4) www.14buttquoypark.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Broad Street Gardens Apartments and Townhouse Lovely purpose built accommodation in the heart of Kirkwall. Overlooking Tankerness House Gardens. Private off street parking. Allison Tait, J&W Tait Ltd, Per week £395-£685 Kirkwall, Orkney Apartments (8) Bedrooms (2) M: 0770 236 6933 F: 01856 876133 Sleeps (4 - 4+1) enquiry@kirkwallapartments.co.uk Townhouse (1) Bedrooms (3) www.kirkwallapartments.co.uk Sleeps (6)

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Crantit House High quality 1850 circa country mansion house, surrounded by mature walled gardens, Close to Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral and Scapa beach. Crantit Self Catering, Crantit House, Per week £350-£490 St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1RZ Apartments (2) T: 01856 872899 M: 0771 161 0017 Bedrooms (2) crantit@aol.com Sleeps (4) www.crantit.co.uk

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Orkney Villas Luxury apartments within house and grounds. Peaceful, relaxing, sumptuous accommodation by the sea and a short walk to town. Short breaks available. Lynne & Craig Spence, Craigiefield Per week £250-£695 House, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1UJ Apartments (3) T: 01856 878477 M: 0779 557 4116 Bedrooms (1-2) info@orkneyvillas.com Sleeps (2-6) www.orkneyvillas.com Open: Jan – Dec

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St Magnus Apartment Comfortable and elegant apartment in the heart of Kirkwall. Beautiful views of St Magnus Cathedral. 11 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Per week £385-£560 Orkney KW15 1DH Flat (1) M: 0799 059 1393 Bedrooms (2) info@stmagnusapartment.co.uk Sleeps (2-4) www.stmagnusapartment.co.uk

Eastbank Cottages Four modern cottages in quiet peaceful location near town centre. Garden and private parking. No smoking or pets. Free WiFi. Firth & Linklater, Bank House, East Per week £210-£395 Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LX Cottages (4) T: 01856 873561 M: 0776 332 3534 Bedrooms (1-2) stuart@eastbank.freeserve.co.uk Sleeps (2-4)

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Sunrise Apartment Terraced Central location, 2 mins from St Magnus Cathedral. Ideally located for exploring Kirkwall’s attractions. Spacious & renovated in contemporary style. 28a Albert Street, Kirkwall, Per week £300-£420 Orkney KW15 1HL Flat (1) T: 01856 873759 M: 0788 155 5033 Bedrooms (2) m.macpherson@homecall.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.orkneysunrise.com

High Park Lodges High Park Lodges are ideally situated for exploring Orkney. The historical Kirkwall town centre is a pleasant 20 minute walk. 1 Dundas Crescent, Kirkwall, Per week £385-£600 Orkney KW15 1JQ Lodges (4) T: 01856 873541 M: 0773 426 1823 Bedrooms (2) info@highparkorkney.com Sleeps (1-4) www.highparkorkney.com

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Laingbrae Cottage Recently converted cottage. Central location, a few min walk to St Magnus Cathedral, town centre etc. Set in quiet residential area. On site parking. Laingbrae, 4 Bignold Park Road, Per week £400-£525 Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PT Cottage (1) T: 01856 877573 Bedrooms (2) info@laingbraecottage.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.laingbraecottage.co.uk

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Overscapa Cottage Spacious traditional style cottage of unique character on outskirts of Kirkwall. Rural setting near Scapa Beach. Short breaks available. Mrs Gwen Moar, Upper Scapa, Per week £475-£975 St. Ola, Orkney KW15 1SD Cottage (1) T: 01856 874100 M: 0774 548 7498 Bedrooms (4) info@orkney-cottages.co.uk Sleeps (2-8) www.orkney-cottages.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Orkney Bedsits Ideal for one to two people, daily bookings taken. Close to town centre, shops, restaurants and Kirkwalls historical sites. Haughead, Orkney KW15 1TR Per week £180-£350 T: 01856 875265 Bedsit & flat (3) dorothybain@yahoo.co.uk Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (1-2)

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Broadsands Self Catering Modern house situated in a quiet residential area in the centre of Kirkwall. Walking distance from shops, ferries and historical sites. Families welcome. Merlldon, St Ola, Per week £250-£475 Orkney KW15 1TW House (1) T: 01856 876038 Bedrooms (2) info@broadsands-selfcatering.co.uk Sleeps (4+1) www.broadsands-selfcatering.co.uk

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Meadow Park Hoose This is a large spacious house ideal for families. There are great views over the Bignold Park and onwards to Kirkwall Bay. Varadero, St Mary’s, Holm, Per week £600-£900 Orkney KW17 2RT House (1) T: 01856 781415 M: 0778 837 4993 Bedrooms (4) enquiries@meadowparkhoose.co.uk Sleeps (1-8) www.meadowparkhoose.co.uk

Blinkbonny Holiday Homes Four houses three miles from Kirkwall. Superb view over Scapa Flow. Fully equipped to a high standard. Heating, Electricity and Linen included. St Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SF Per week £395-£695 T: 01856 870208 Cottage (4) M: 0779 685 8569 Bedrooms (2-3) enquiries@blinkbonny.com Sleeps (1-8) www.blinkbonny.com

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Laurel House Modern 1st floor house centrally located, a few minutes from travel centre, buses, North Isles boats and local restaurants. 3 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Per week £400-£500 Orkney KW15 1LB First floor house (1) T: 01856 870285 M: 0782 148 3711 Bedrooms (3) laurelorkney@aol.com Sleeps (2-6) www.laurelselfcatering.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Benbradagh Flat Renovated accommodation in a modern family house with its own entrance. Situated in a quiet residential area, only 15 min walk to the town. Mrs Alison Robinson, Benbradagh, Per week £150-£275 Inganess Road, Kirkwall, Flat (1) Orkney KW15 1SP Bedrooms (1) T/F: 01856 874332 Sleeps (2) sam.alison@virgin.net

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Bachylis Self Catering Semi-detached cottage overlooking Kirbister Loch and Waulkmill Beach, between Kirkwall and Stromness. Ideal for historical sites, hillwalking/fishing. Bachylis, Orphir, Per week £180-£320 Orkney KW16 3HD House (1) T: 01856 811363 Bedrooms (2) bachylis@orknet.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.orknet.co.uk/bachylis Open: Jan – Dec

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Buxa Farm Chalets & Croft House Three Norwegian style semi-detached chalets and one croft house situated on 20 acres of waterfront property with stunning panoramic views. Westrow Lodge, Orphir, Orkney Per week £350-£675 KW17 2RD Chalets (3) Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 811360 Sleeps (2-5) k2bichan@aol.com Crofthouse (1) Bedrooms (3) www.rovingeye.co.uk Sleeps (2-8)

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Owlswood Lodge Flagstone floors, underfloor heating, multifuel stove, wind turbine. Panoramic views, enclosed garden. Close to RSPB Reserve. Electric/linen/towels included. South Greenigoe, Per week £450-£650 Orkney KW17 2RA House (1) T: 01856 873596 Bedrooms (4) vmainland@btinternet.com Sleeps (1-7) www.owlswoodlodge.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Gray’s Inn Coaching Inn (past). Centrally located for historic sites of interest. Spectacular views overlooking Scapa Flow. Wildlife and walking close by. Roadside Cottage, Smoogro, Per week £210-£280 Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RB Cottage (1) T: 01856 811393 Bedrooms (2) liz.slater1@virgin.net Sleeps (1-4)

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Curlew Cottage A romantic spa cottage set in an idylic rural location. This new cottage has the addition of a sauna and Jucuzzi bath. A luxuriously relaxing holiday. Lovely Orkney Cottages, Lyron, Per week £275-£425 Rendall, Orkney KW17 2NZ Cottage (1) T: 01856 761021 M: 0779 343 6188 Bedrooms (1) babsbailey1@gmail.com Sleeps (2) www.lovelyorkneycottages.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Orkney Self-Catering Holidays Four properties available on the idylic countryside of Rendall. Spacious accomodation and gardens. Ideally situated for exploring Orkney. WiFi zone. Riff, Rendall, Orkney KW17 2PB Per week £275-£875 T/F: 01856 761028 Houses (4) M: 0785 065 1838 Bedrooms (3-5) info@orkney-selfcatering.com Sleeps (4-10) www.orkney-selfcatering.com Open: Apr – Oct

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Howar Cottage and Nouster Crofthouse Overlooking beautiful Nouster bay with its seaweed eating sheep and seals. Alpacas and five ancient breeds of sheep at Howar. Howar, North Ronaldsay, Per week £250-£340 Orkney KW17 2BE Cottage (1) Bedrooms (2) T: 01857 633253 Sleeps (4) cottage@howar.co.uk Crofthouse (1) Bedrooms (2) www.howar.co.uk Sleeps (5)

Millbrig Traditional stone-built flag roofed cottage overlooking Ward Hill and Kirbister Loch. Mrs F M Blydenstein 4 Tuthill Court Per week £375-£420 Royston Herts SG8 9TT Cottage (1) T: 01763 287288 M: 0777 094 2332 Bedrooms (2) fimby@millbrig.plus.com Sleeps (4) www.millbrig-orkney.co.uk

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The Noust Self Catering One bedroom apartment overlooking Scapa Flow. All linen supplied. Electricity and heating included in price. Short breaks available in winter. The Noust, Orphir, Per week £220-£320 Orkney KW17 2RB Apartment (1) T: 01856 811348 Bedrooms (1) annatnoust@aol.com Sleeps (2-3) www.thenoust.co.uk

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Summerdale Spacious Accommodation. Beautiful views in peaceful central location. Six miles from Kirkwall. Free WiFi. Short Breaks £50-£65 per night. Mrs Marlyn Hewison, Summerdale, Per week £280-£360 Orphir, Orkney KW16 3HD 1st floor T: 01856 811285 M: 0752 290 6103 apartment (1) summerdale8@btinternet.com Bedrooms (2) www.summerdale-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (1-4)

Little Bu Situated in a quiet sunny location, this delightful Norwegian style well-equipped house is perfect to enjoy Orkney’s attractions. Windbreck, Butchers Lane, Boughton, Per week £450-£575 Northampton NN2 8SL Cottage (1) T: 01604 843275 M: 0788 912 3039 Bedrooms (3) jshephard@northamptonshire.gov.uk Sleeps (6) www.littlebu.co.uk

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Lash Cosy, family run Croft with fantastic views of Scapa Flow and Hoy Hills. Beach 100 metres from front door. Smoogro Road, Orphir, Per week £270-£330 Orkney KW17 2RB Cottage (1) T: 01856 781291 Bedrooms (2) info@lash-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (6) www.lash-orkney.co.uk

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Scapa Flow Lodges Three luxury lodges which look down over the magnificent views of Scapa Flow. Enjoy a comfortable, relaxing and memorable experience. Scorralee, Scorradale Road, Per week £300-£515 Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RF Lodges (3) T: 01856 811268 F: 01856 811268 Bedrooms (2) margaretclouston@btinternet.com Sleeps (4) www.scapaflow-lodges.co.uk

Hall of Clestrain Cottage Traditional cottage on working farm. Beautiful views over Hoy. Comfortable accommodation. Great location for exploring, walks to beach/sightseeing. Mrs J Craigie, Hall Of Clestrain, Per week £200-£350 Orphir, Orkney KW16 3HB Cottage (1) T: 01856 850365 Bedrooms (2) jean.craigie1@btinternet.com Sleeps (5) www.hallofclestrain.com

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ORPHIR Old Point 10m from the seashore, a modernised traditional stone cottage with woodburning stove, in a stunning peaceful setting with abundant wildlife. Point, Smoogro Road, Per week £150-£270 Orkney KW17 2RB Cottage (1) T: 01856 811772 Bedrooms (1) orkneyshorecottage@gmail.com Sleeps (2) www.orkneyshorecottage.co.uk

Burnlee This four bedroom bungalow provides high quality accommodation where you can relax and enjoy beautiful views of hill and meadow. Skaill, Orphir, Orkney KW16 3HD Per week £440-£600 T: 01856 811242 Bungalow (1) k_sclater@hotmail.com Bedrooms (4) www.burnlee-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (2-7)

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Broland Self Catering Newly renovated farm cottage in quiet location. Situated in a small working farm steading. Kirsty Mainland Per week £150-£300 T: 01856 821336 Cottage (1) M: 0786 075 5761 Bedrooms (2) kirstyamainland@aol.com Sleeps (4) www.islandhousesorkney.com Open: Jan – Dec

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Instabillie Self Catering Two traditional Orkney cottages which have been totally renovated to a high standard. Great location overlooking the Bay of Skaill. Kardale, Sandwick, Orkney Per week £320-£500 T/F: 01856 841733 Cottages (2) M: 0775 337 8917 Bedrooms (3) info@orkney-accommodation.co.uk Sleeps (5-6) www.orkney-accommodation.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Lenahowe Lodges Newly built and finished to a very high standard on a working farm, ideal for fishing, birdwatching, walking and sightseeing. Lenahowe, Sandwick, Per week £400-£650 Orkney KW16 3JA Lodges (2) T: 01856 841523 M: 0759 073 1398 Bedrooms (2) fiona@lenahowe.co.uk Sleeps (2-4) www.lenahowe.co.uk

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SOUTH RONALDSAY Bendigo Modern, comfortable, spacious, high-spec house. Beachside location with direct access to sands. Superb panoramic views. Two balconies. Excellent transport links. Bendigo, Grimness, South Ronaldsay, Orkney T: 01856 831898 barbarahyde@btinternet.com

Open: Jan – Dec

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Skaill House Two flats within the wing of a 17th century mansion house overlooking Bay of Skaill. Skara Brae close by. Open all year. Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR Per week £350-£500 T: 01856 841501 Flat (2) F: 01856 841866 Bedrooms (3) info@skaillhouse.co.uk Sleeps (5-6) www.skaillhouse.co.uk

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Brecks Self Catering Brecks Byre and Brecks Barn are new conversions for 2012. Renovated to the highest standard, situated on our family farm. Susan Wishart, Smiddy, Grimness, Per week £315-£650 South Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2TH Barn (1) Bedrooms (3) T: 01856 831599 M: 0790 064 1653 Sleeps (6) info@brecks-selfcatering-orkney.co.uk Byre (1) Bedrooms (1) www.brecks-selfcatering-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (2) Open: Jan – Dec

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Skara Brae Cottages Skara Brae Cottages and ‘cosy flat’ are situated on a working farm overlooking the bay of Skail. Short breaks available. Netherstove, Sandwick, Per week £180-£320 Orkney KW16 3LS Flat (1) Bedrooms (1) T/F: 01856 841625 Sleeps (2) Chalets (2) Bedrooms (2) ann@netherstove.com Sleeps (2-4) www.netherstove.com

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Cauldhame Self Catering Cauldhame is a luxury five bedroomed traditional cottage and steading conversion. Located in a stunning elevated setting with sea views. Farewell Farm, St Margarets Hope Per week £350-£700 Orkney KW17 2TW Cottage (1) T: 01856 831266 M: 0772 087 1795 Bedrooms (5) annseatter@btinternet.com Sleeps (8) www.cauldhameselfcatering.com

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Unigar Cottages Three high quality cottages with stunning views. We cater for family holidays, fishing,shooting and water sports with wet and dry room facilities. Garson, Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3JD Per week £250-£625 T: 01856 841519 Cottages (3) M: 0776 891 8084 F: 01856 841519 Bedrooms (2-3) stewart.wood@btinternet.com Sleeps (4-6) www.unigar-cottages.co.uk

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SOUTH RONALDSAY Garleton, St Margaret’s Hope

Detached Cottage peacefully situated on its own jetty by rocky shore on edge of fishing village. 5 minutes from the ferry by car. Oil heating included. Smoking allowed downstairs. Electricity by meter.

The Priory, Beccles Road,St. Olaves, Great Yarmouth,Norfolk NR31 9HE T: 01493 488609 F: 01493 488265 garleton@btinternet.com

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‘Iona’ Purpose built traditional Orkney cottage Spacious, modern yet traditional Orkney holiday cottage accommodates six people. Three bedrooms en-suite, family kitchen, lounge, porch, wonderful views. WiFi. T: +44 (0)1224 867184 Per week from £300 M: +44 (0)780 301 6972 Cottage (1) enquiries@islandselfcatering.co.uk Bedrooms (3) www.islandselfcatering.co.uk Sleeps (6)

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Banks Barn Converted barn in rural location next to coast with views over Pentland Firth. Modern interior and well equipped. Bistro on site. Banks, Cleat, South Ronaldsay, Per week £370-£470 Orkney KW17 2RW Barn (1) T: 01856 831605 Bedrooms (2) banksoforkney@gmail.com Sleeps (2-5) www.banksoforkney.co.uk

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ST MARY’S, HOLM Park Cottage A traditional Orkney cottage, extended to meet the needs of today’s family. Situated in the picturesque village of St Mary’s, overlooking Ayre Loch. Morag Smith, Burnbank, Burray Per week £200-£425 Orkney KW17 2SS Cottage (1) T: 01856 731246 / 831889 Bedrooms (3) parkcottage@hotmail.com Sleeps (5+1)

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Peedie Whites Cottage Ideal for island pursuits & mainland excursions. Frequent ferry to Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral, archaeological sites, shopping. Local amenities nearby. 12 Helliar View, Shapinsay, Per week £360-£460 Orkney KW17 2ED Cottage (1) T: 01856 711300 or 301 Bedrooms (2) sheenasinclair@tiscali.co.uk Sleeps (1-4) holidayorkneyselfcatering.co.uk

Trumland Farm Steading See Rousay, Know Orkney. Contemporary conversion of traditional farm buildings on organic farm for a memorable stay. Short lets possible. Trumland Farm, Rousay, Per week £280-£420 Orkney KW17 2PU Cottages (2) Bedrooms (1-2) T/F: 01856 821252 Sleeps (2-5) M: 0754 537 4029 Studio (1) Bedsit trumland@btopenworld.com Sleeps (1-2)

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Cedarlee Self Catering Cedarlee is cedar-clad, situated five minutes walk from Rousay Pier, set in its own grounds among trees, with panoramic views. Mrs Alison Mainland, Kirkland, Per week £300-£400 Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU Cottage (1) T: 01856 821243 M: 0795 144 0341 Bedrooms (2) alison@cedarleeselfcatering.co.uk Sleeps (4-6) www.cedarleeselfcatering.co.uk

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Masseter Charming cottage with wood burning stoves and heated flag stone flooring. Set in walled gardens, with sea view and close to local amenities. Masseter, St Margaret’s Hope Per week £400-£525 Orkney KW17 2RN Cottage (1) T: 01856 831218 M: 0752 206 7818 Bedrooms (3) www.masseter-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (1-5) p.hunter1943@btinternet.com Open: Jan – Dec

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West Shaird Traditional farmhouse overlooking Sandwick Bay. The sandy beach harbours much wildlife - seals, birds, rabbits, wildflowers. Good for walking/cycling. Laura Cromarty, Hools, South Per week £350-£550 Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2RH Farmhouse (1) T: 01856 831265 Bedrooms (3) acrom265@aol.com Sleeps (1-6) www.westshaird.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Odin Outstanding fishing location and birdwatchers’ paradise, spectacularly situated between Harray and Stennesss Lochs. UNESCO World Heritage Site – world acclaimed archaeology on doorstep. Odin, Brodgar, Stenness KW16 3JZ Per week £825-£1050 T: 01224 593029 M: 0780 135 0945 House (1) Bedrooms (4) olivetaylor@btinternet.com Sleeps (6) www.odinorkney.com Open: Jan – Dec

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Overbigging A large beautifully appointed house situated next to three World Heritage Archaeology sites and Orkney’s best trout fishing loch. A Walter, Sunnydale, Hambledon Road, Per week £475-£525 Denmead, Walerlooville, Hant’s PO7 6LR Cottage (1) T: 02392 240161 Bedrooms (3) orkney-farmhouse@hotmail.com Sleeps (1-6) www.orkney-farmhouse.co.uk

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Camusbeag Central Stromness with Scapa Flow views. Split-level accommodation with internal staircase unsuitable for some people. Bed is double sofabed. Bea House, Back Road, Per week £140-£240 Orkney KW16 3AW Cottage (1) T/F: 01856 851043 M: 0777 587 0284 Bedrooms (1) bea.house@virgin.net Sleeps (1-2) www.beahouse.co.uk

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Whitesails Unwind and luxuriate in our superb spacious accommodation. Stunning uninterrupted views. Large Garden. Near Neolithic sites and beaches. Stenness, Outbrecks, Orkney KW16 3EY Per week £260-£660 T/F: 01856 851223 M: 0771 804 8437 House (2) Bedrooms (4) accommodation@outbreckscottagesSleeps (1-8) orkney.co.uk Cottages (2) Bedrooms (1-3) www.outbreckscottages-orkney.co.uk Sleeps (1-6)

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Fishermans Cottage and Lyness Flat Unique cottage situated on it’s own pier with panoramic views. Studio flat in historic house. Both properties close to all amenities. 8 Graham Place, Cottage (1) £280-£340 pw Stromness, Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (3) Orkney KW16 3BY Studio flat (1) £200-£220 pw T: 01856 850581 Bedrooms (1) Sleeps (2) norriemowat@gmail.com Open: Jan – Dec

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16 Franklin Road Newly upgraded and fully equipped centrally located flat with parking at the door. Short and longer stays welcomed. 13 Graham Place, Stromness, Per week £250-£350 Orkney, KW16 3BY Flat (1) Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 850376 Sleeps (3) kathleenireland@btinternet.com

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Burra View Self Catering Apartment Spacious and comfortable with garden and panoramic sea views. Enjoy a country location, only 2 minutes drive from Stromness. Innertown, Stromness, Orkney Per week £300-£450 KW16 3JW Apartment (1) T: 01856 850053 Bedrooms (2) info@orkney-self-catering.com Sleeps (2-4)

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Braehead Farm Situated in a working croft, in a peaceful location with panoramic views over Scapa Flow and historical site nearby. Braehead Farm, Bu Road, Cairston, Per week £180-£340 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3JH Semi-detached T: 01856 851313 farmhouse (1) M: 0790 032 8645 Bedrooms (2) ivy@braeheadfarm.plus.com Sleeps (4-5)

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Anderson’s Harbour Cottages Three quaint 1800’s waterfront cottages. WiFi. Yesteryear charm with every modern amenity. Luxurious stylish furnishings. Parking. Spectacular views. 36 & 40 Alfred Street and 4 South End, Per week £300-£595 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DF Cottages (3) M: 0027 794 929789 Bedrooms (1-3) info@andersoncottage.co.uk Sleeps (1-7) www.andersoncottage.co.uk

Newcott Renovated Orkney stone cottage with flagstone roof and modern amenities. Panoramic views of archeological sites, lochs and fantastic night skies. Mrs A Gray, Vakkerrygg, Stenness, Per week £280-£450 Orkney KW16 3LB Cottage (1) T: 01856 850072 Bedrooms (2) ann@vakkerrygg.plus.com Sleeps (1-4) www.orkneyyargcottage.co.uk

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Ben End Well equipped, purpose-built wing of new house. Quiet, elevated location. Breathtaking panoramic views. Near prehistoric sites of Maeshowe, Brodgar. Loch an Eilein, Newmachar, Per week £300-£400 Aberdeen AB21 0UQ House (1) T: 01651 862234 / 01856 851510 Bedrooms (2) mtandsbtaylor@btinternet.com Sleeps (2-4) www.self-cateringorkney.co.uk

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52 Dundas Street A beautiful one bedroom property with exceptional views over Stromness Harbour and islands beyond. Free WiFi available. Mrs A Heddle, 54 Dundas Street, Per week £195-£285 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DA Flat (1) T: 01856 850255 M: 0773 453 8613 Bedrooms (1) orkney.cycle.hire@talk21.com Sleeps (2 + child) www.orkneyaccommodation.com

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STROMNESS 30 Hillside Road (Satnav ref. KW16 3HR) Recently refurbished stone cottage in quiet location, views towards Harbour & Scapa Flow. Garden, patio and off road parking. Mrs M Mackay, 6 Copland’s Road, Per week £240-£390 Stromness, KW16 3BW Cottage (1) T: 01856 850042 Bedrooms (2) mackay@hestigeo.f9.co.uk Sleeps (4) www.selfcateringstromness.co.uk

Mill O’ Cara Self Catering Luxury 4 star accommodation for up to 6 people with stunning views from a peaceful shoreside location. Emma Thomson, Hestakelday, Holm, Per week £625 Orkney, Scotland, KW17 2SB Cottage (1) T: 01856 781406 M: 0799 991 8708 Bedrooms (3) info@millocara.co.uk Sleeps (6) www.millocara.co.uk

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Howe Holiday Homes Two semi-detached and one cottage with sea views and hoy hills and other two on seashore with great wildlife and seals nearby. Howe Farm, Stromness, Per week £180-£300 Orkney KW16 3JU Cottages (5) T/F: 01856 850302 M: 0771 079 1246 Bedrooms (10) evelyn.reid1@btinternet.com Sleeps (2-19) www.howeholidayhomes.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Merchants House and Fisherman’s Cottage Two waterfront beautifully renovated 18th Century properties. Well equipped for cooking and relaxing you will enjoy the attention to detail. 22-24 Alfred Street Per week £440-£960 T: 01856 850345 Cottage (1) M: 0783 448 3576 House (1) enquiries@orkneyescapes.co.uk Bedrooms (2-4) www.orkneyescapes.co.uk Sleeps (2/3-8/9)

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Sebay Mill Holiday Apartments Award-winning luxurious self-catering apartments. Six miles from Kirkwall. Spectacular beaches nearby. Rural location for a peaceful stay. Mr & Mrs McEwen, Oaklea Farm, Per week £425-£675 St Ola, Orkney KW15 1SX Apartments (5) Bedrooms (2) T: 01856 877782 Sleeps (2-4) office@sebaymill.co.uk Apartment (1) Bedrooms (1) www.sebaymill.co.uk Sleeps (2) Open: Jan – Dec

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Daisy Cottage Modern well equipped bungalow in centre of Pierowall Village. Convenient for shops, swimming pool, beaches and wildlife. Ferry 7 mls, Airport 3 mls. North Cubbigoe, Westray, Per week from £240 Orkney KW17 2DD Cottage (1) T: 01857 677398 Bedrooms (2) netta@cubbigoe.freeserve.co.uk Sleeps (4) Open: Jan – Dec

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The Peedie Hoose Beautiful modernised hideaway on secluded pier in central Stromness. Close to all amenities. Five minutes from ferry. Price includes heating. Mrs P Sinclair, Burnbrae, Per week £260-£270 21 Burnside, Orkney KW15 1TF House (1) T: 01856 876933 M: 0774 341 2422 Bedrooms (1) johnsin@gotadsl.co.uk Sleeps (1-2) www.peediehoosestromness.com

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Front Road, St Magarets Hope, Orkney T: 01856 831311 creelorkney@btinternet.com www.thecreel.co.uk

Pier House Centrally situated four bedroomed seafront property with views over harbour and down Scapa Flow. Use of private pier and slipway. W&M Seatter, 34 Dundas Street, Per week £200-£450 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BZ House (1) T: 01856 850415 Bedrooms (4) pierhouse40@aol.com Sleeps (1-6) www.selfcateringstromnessorkney.co.uk

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The Creel Self Catering Creel self catering offers comfortable accommodation. If you don’t want to cook or travel you can try our restaurant next door.

Norheim, 49 Hamnavoe Spacious, modern well equipped four bedroom bungalow located in a quiet area with off street parking close to the town centre. C. Sinclair, Dounby House, Dounby, Orkney Per week £350-£800 KW17 2HN T: 01856 851063 or 771935 Bungalow (1) M: 0788 419 8280 F: 01856 850600 Bedrooms (4) colinsinclair@btconnect.com Sleeps (8) + 2 Z-beds www.norheim.org.uk available

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Leith’s Attractive, stone built, waterfront house in easy reach of all village amenities and Pentland Ferries terminal. Sleeps five. Dogs welcome. Longhouse, Dam of Hoxa, Per week £375-£450 St Margaret’s Hope KW17 2TW Cottage (1) T: 01856 831860 M: 0773 945 4703 Bedrooms (2) j.rambridge@btinternet.com Sleeps (5) www.leithshouse.co.uk

Norday, 80 Victoria Street Comfortable accommodation in the heart of historical and picturesque Stromness, close to local amenities and transport links. Part weeks available. Mousland, Stromness, Per week £280-£395 Orkney KW16 3HU Cottage (1) T: 01856 850183 M: 0798 632 3871 Bedrooms (2) echalmers7880@gmail.com Sleeps (2-4) www.cottageguide.co.uk/norday

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Weaverhall Cottage Well equipped one bedroom cottage in a beautiful location, a ten minute walk from the centre of Stromness. Private garden and parking. Quiet area with spectacular panoramic views to the west and of Hoy. Available Sat to Sat. Weaverhall Cottage, Innertown, Per week £275 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3JP Cottage (1) T: 01856 850329 M: 0759 602 8748 Bedrooms (1) ingrid.ward777@btinternet.com Sleeps (2) stromnessselfcatering.com

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Stairwaddie Croft Cottage on small holding in peaceful rural setting within easy walking distance of Stromness town. Wonderful birdwatching location. Ideal for families. Stairwaddie Croft, Stromness, Per week £275-£400 Orkney KW16 3HT Cottage (1) T: 01856 851032 Bedrooms (3) jenny@stairwaddie.com Sleeps (6) www.stairwaddie.com

Maraquoy Holiday Cottages Three cottages overlooking Scapa Flow with single/double/family occupancy sleeping 2-4 individually or 12 collectively. 42 Alfred Street, Stromness, Per week £225-£550 Orkney KW16 3DF Cottages (3) T: 01856 851746 M: 0788 088 3107 Bedrooms (1-2) ellis.dave5@googlemail.com Sleeps (2-6) www.maraquoy.co.uk

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Marina House Apartments Two luxury apartments with superb views over Stromness Marina and greater harbour area. Garage parking and free WiFi. Mrs A Heddle, 54 Dundas Street, Per week £295-£450 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DA Apartments/Flats (2) T: 01856 850255 M: 0773 453 8613 Bedrooms (2) orkney.cycle.hire@talk21.com Sleeps (4-8) www.orkneyaccommodation.com

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13 Graham Place, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BY T: 01856 850376 kathleenireland@btinternet.com

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STROMNESS The Shed Modern studio apartment in central but peaceful location. Easy walking distance for galleries, museum, piers, hotels, restaurants and shops.

Innertown Apartments New luxury apartments, beautifully finished, modern, spacious, peaceful location, walking distance of town, en-suite bedrooms. Free WiFi. Winter offers. Brownstown House, Innertown, Per week £250-£495 Stromness, Orkney KW16 3JN Apartment (3) T/F: 01856 851234 M: 0788 514 5549 Bedrooms (1-2) info@accommodationorkney.co.uk Sleeps (1-4 + 1 cot) www.accommodationorkney.co.uk

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ISLE OF WESTRAY

Open: Jan – Dec

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Orcadee Fine views over Pierowall Bay, shops and Heritage Centre. Noltland Castle and Golf Links nearby. Good for walking or just relaxing. The Lodge, Shirlett, Nr Broseley Per week £260-£300 Shropshire TF12 5BH Bungalow (1) T: 01952 727814 Bedrooms (2) M: 0787 031 2476 Sleeps (4-6) Open: Feb – Oct

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Sand O’Gill Near to beautiful sandy beaches, Noup Head new Gannet colony and archaeology sites. Great location for bird life, seal and whale watching. Sand O’Gill, Westray, Per week £300-£350 Orkney KW17 2DN House (1) T: 01857 677374 Bedrooms (2) Sleeps (4)

Caravans & Caravaning

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Aurora Static Caravan Large spacious, well equipped static caravan in a beautiful rural location with sea and loch views. Internet access. Free fishing.

Contents Queena Cottage, Swannay, Orkney KW17 2NS T: 01856 721435 M: 0787 819 3710 queena@homeorkney.co.uk www.caravan.homeorkney.co.uk

Per week Caravan Sleeps

Bryameadow Farm, Twatt Orkney KW17 2JH T: 01856 841803 kaymmorgan@googlemail.com www.caravanorkney.co.uk

Open: Jan – Dec

Holiday Caravan

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Orkney Lochside Caravan Spacious, well-equipped caravan in a peaceful farming community, enjoying panoramic views over Swannay Loch – a fisherman’s paradise! Winnie Breck Belmont, Swannay, Orkney KW17 2NR T: 01856 721281 M: 0776 376 1650 ronniewinnie35@gmail.com

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Hostels

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Junior From £15 Senior From £17 Dbl/Twn (10) Private (5)An abundance Dorms (6) all year round Sleeps (58)

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Junior Senior Dbl/Twn (3) Private (3) Sleeps (32)

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Junior £13.50 - £15.00 Senior £13.50 - £17.50 Dbl/Twn (2) Dorms (1) Private (3) Ensuite (1) Sleeps (8)

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Centrally situated self catering accommodation, computers and wi-fi available. With regular air and Standard to very comfortable ensuite bedrooms, all offered nightly or weekly. Sylvia Brown, 45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BS T: 01856 850661 info@brownsorkney.co.uk www.brownsorkney.co.uk

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Chalmersquoy, Westray, Orkney KW17 2BZ T: 01857 677214 info@thebarnwestray.co.uk www.thebarnwestray.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Open: Jan – Dec

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The Barn Hostel and Campsite Quality hostel and campsite situated on edge of Pierowall village. Very central. Warm welcome assured.

£10-£15 £17-£25 Dorm (3) Ensuite (6)

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Papa Westray Hostel Community-run friendly island hostel with private & dorm/family rooms, all en-suite, near shop, beaches and archaeological sites, SYHA affiliate. Beltane House, Papa Westray, Orkney KW17 2BU T: 01857 644321/224 beltanepapay@aol.co.uk www.papawestray.co.uk

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Ayre, Coo Road, Sanday Orkney KW17 2AY T: 01857 600410 allanpaul67@googlemail.com www.ayres-rock-hostel-orkney.com

Open: Jan – Dec

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Open: Apr – Oct

Ayres Rock Hostel and Camping Four star hostel. Campsite with camping pods. Hostel sleeps up to 8 people. Modern kitchen and conservatory. Camping pods with heating and electric.

Adult From £16.50 Junior From £16.50 Dorm (3) Sleeps (10)

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Trumland Farm, Rousay, Orkney KW17 2PU T/F: 01856 821252 M: 0754 537 4029 trumland@btopenworld.com

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North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory hostel in converted barn, adjacent to campsite and Observatory ArtModern inspired Guest House with lounge bar, meals and groceries available.

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Twingness, North Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2BE T: 01857 633200 alison@nrbo.prestel.co.uk www.nrbo.co.uk

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Rousay Hostel & Campsite Close to ferry from Orkney mainland. Ideal for walking, birdwatching and visiting historic sites. Campers use facilities. Bikes for hire.

£18-£26 £18-£26 Dorm (6) Ensuite (9)

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Orcades Hostel We are a modern, independent, family run hostel located in a peaceful spot. A short walk from Kirkwall town centre. Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1RS T: 01856 873745 info@orcadeshostel.com www.orcadeshostel.com

Touring pitches (5) Per night £9-£25 Tent Pitches (15) Per night £7-£15 Bothy (2) Per night £35-£40 (Sleeps 4)

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Kirkwall Youth Hostel A superb base for exploring the historic sights and wonderful wildlife of Orkney. Good facilities including private and family rooms.

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Judith Glue Shop and Real Food Cafe, 25 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DH T: 01856 874225 info@judithglue.com www.judithglue.com

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Kirkwall SYHA, Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1BB T: 01856 872243 kirkwall@syha.org.uk www.hostellingscotland.com

Open: Apr – Oct

California SE Camper Van Book our 2013 Volkswagen California SE camper van with fully functional kitchen and sleeps up to four - travel, sleep and eat in style!

Prices from £7.50 (see website for full price list)

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£170-£240 (1) (4)

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The Pickaquoy Centre Caravan & Camping Park Orkneys largest camping park, only a short walk from the town. A Visit Scotland 4 star Touring Park. The Pickaquoy Centre, Muddisdale Road, Orkney KW15 1LR T: 01856 879900 F: 01856 879901 enquiries@pickaquoy.com www.pickaquoy.co.uk

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Wheems, Eastside, St. Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay, Orkney KW17 2TJ T: 01856 831556 wheemsbothy@gmail.com www.wheemsorganic.co.uk Open: Apr – Oct

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Wheems Camping and Bothies Small family run campsite on organic farm. Produce available. Overlooking sandy bays and cliffs. Wooden insulated Bothies. Painting and textile gallery.

Per week £150-£200 Caravan (1) Sleeps (3-4)

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SANDWICK Bryameadow Caravan On working farm, ideally located for trout fishing, bird watching, walking and visiting historic and archeological sites and beautiful beaches.

£160-£240 (1) (7)

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Seaquoys Luxury accommodation in tranquil north end of Westray and within short distance of local amenities. Easterly views towards Papa Westray. Lee & Karen Groat, Cranfield, Per week £200-£390 Canningall Road, St Ola, Kirkwall, Cottage (1) Orkney KW15 1SX T: 01856 871169 Bedrooms (3) kjoddie@hotmail.com Sleeps (6) www.seaquoyswestray.co.uk Open: Jan – Dec

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Adult from £20 pppn Junior from £12.50 pppn Family on request Dbl/Twn (4) Sleeps (13) Family (1) Ensuite (1) Open: Jan – Dec

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Mull Head

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PAPA WESTRAY

Bow Head

Nouster

Nouster Bay Point of Burrian

Holm of Papay

Noup Head

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Moclett Bay

Tafts Ness

Otters Wick Bay of Tuquoy

Inga Ness

Bay of Lopness

Stanger Head

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Berst Ness

Bay of Newark

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Holm of Faray Westray Firth

Cata Sand

Red Head

Rapness

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Backaskaill Bay

Point of Huro

Tres Ness

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Ness of Ork

Bay of Isbister

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Point of The Graand

Gairsay Sound

Woodwick Bay

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Wyre Sound

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Papa Stronsay

Falls of Warness

Trumland

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Holm of Huip

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Spur Ness

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V I SI TOR CE NT RE OPE NI NG HOU RS April & September:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

Tours on the hour every hour until 4pm

May to August:

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Tours on the hour every hour until 4pm

October to March:

1pm-5pm, tours 2pm and 3pm Closed for the festive holidays Tours outwith these hours by arrangement. Size of tour is restricted to 15 and booking is advisable. Distillery and Visitor Centre, Holm Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1SU Telephone 01856 874619

NB. Highland Park operate a silent season during June, July and August when essential maintenance of the plant needs to be carried out. We strive to keep disruption to tours to an absolute minimum.

Please enjoy our whisky responsibly

www.highlandpark.co.uk


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