Orkney is an archipelago of over 70 islands but only 20 of those are inhabited. Of a total population of 21,000 the majority live on the Orkney Mainland and some islands only have 3 or 4 inhabitants. There are so many islands to explore so here are a couple we often visit on our Orkney Isles walking tripsfor starters:
Orkney’s seascapes are characterised by their wild and rugged nature and the coast is marked by towering cliffs, deep caves and giant sandstone sea stacks. For our clients on our Orkney walking trips it is, more often than not, the intricate coastlines that inspire wonder at the natural world.
On Orkney you’ll literally stumble across thousands of years of history. Neolithic, Pictish, Viking – discover Orkney’s varied past and marvel at the neolithic wonders that are thousands of years old.
The RSPB has 13 nature reserves across the Orkney Isles looking after habitats such as seacliffs, farmland, wetland and moorland. There’s truly something for bird-spotters year-round.
The Orkney Islands have played a prominent role in both world wars. From scuttled ships at the bottom of Scapa Flow to the concrete bunkers overlooking the sea where the scars of war are still visible.
Orkney is a green and fertile land and the local produce doesn’t disappoint. Indulge at will but expect to leave the islands a wee bit rounder than you started.
These days Scotland’s drinks industry extends far beyond uisge beatha or water of life as whisky is also known. The art of small batch gin is exploding in Scotland thanks to the variety and abundance of local botanicals and experience in distilling. And there are a whole host of craft brewers too.
Orcadians are very enthusiastic custodians of their history and culture so it follows their museums are first rate.
You’d be forgiven for thinking art wouldn’t be up to much in such a far flung location but the islands are positively brimming with thriving creative communities.
Although Orkney has fascinating marine wildlife it is the bottom of Scapa Flow, a natural harbour, that often captivates visitors. You’ll be astonished by the collection of wrecks that languish at the bottom of the sea; they include ships from both world wars and even a couple warplanes.
In Orkney, you can witness stunning environments, landscapes full of rich diverse wildlife and you will have the chance to explore the fascinating history of the Island. Check below to find out when our next Wilderness Walking trips will depart for an unforgettable experience in Orkney.
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