About Orkney

Orkney is situated just 8 miles off the North Scottish coastline. It is a cluster of 70 islands (not all inhabited) where the largest island is called the Mainland and at it’s heart is the city of Kirkwall with its famous St Magnus Cathedral. Population of Orkney is approx 22,000.

Waaness is located on the island of Burray which is accessed by a road network from the Mainland and the ‘Churchill’ barriers, built during the second world war for the defence of Scapa Flow (by order of Sir Winston Churchill)  and the Royal Navy’s wartime fleet at that time.

Orkney has a rich heritage,  including previous WW’s,  Archeology including the famous neolithic settlement of Skara Brae.  More recent finds on the ‘Ness of Brodgar’ with digs during the summer. John Rae the Explorer who discovered the North West Passage, and much much more. See Destination Orkney’s website :  www.orkney.com

Travel to Orkney

Travel to Orkney can be made by several routes.

By coach from Inverness and passenger ferry at the short sea crossing from John O’Groats:

Orkney Bus:

By road and roll-on roll-off car ferries at either Gills Bay or from Thurso (Scrabster):



Or by air to Kirkwall Airport:

Italian Chapel

The Italian Chapel is a highly ornate Catholic chapel on Lamb Holm in the Orkney Islands. It was built during World War II by Italian prisoners of war, who were housed on the previously uninhabited island while they constructed the Churchill Barriers to the east of Scapa Flow.

Ness of Brodgar

The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological site covering 2.5 hectares between the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site in Orkney, Scotland. Excavations at the site began in 2003

Skara Brae

Skara Brae is a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland.

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