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Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands are an archipelago lying off the North coast of Scotland. The largest island is referred to as ‘Mainland’, and the islands’ capital, Kirkwall, is situated there. Most of the islands are flat and fertile, with the major exception of the island of Hoy to the south-west. The Orkney Islands have been inhabited for many thousands of years and contain an abundance of prehistoric sites, which continue to reveal new discoveries about past human civilisation.

Dusk view across the Loch of Harray toward Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Dusk view across the Loch of Harray toward Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Sunset view across the Loch of Harray toward Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Sunset view across the Loch of Harray toward Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Rock formation and pool at the Point of Buckquoy, near Birsay, Mainland, Orkney Islands.
Rock formation and pool at the Point of Buckquoy, near Birsay, Mainland, Orkney Islands.
The Stevenson lighthouse on the Brough of Birsay, Orkney Islands.
The Stevenson lighthouse on the Brough of Birsay, Orkney Islands.
Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial, from the Brough of Birsay, Orkney Islands.
Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial, from the Brough of Birsay, Orkney Islands.
Rock formation at the Brough of Birsay, Mainland, Orkney Islands.
Rock formation at the Brough of Birsay, Mainland, Orkney Islands.
Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial, from the Point of Buckquoy, Mainland, Orkney Islands.
Marwick Head and the Kitchener Memorial, from the Point of Buckquoy, Mainland, Orkney Islands.
The Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Islands.
The Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Rackwick from the Old Man path, Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Rackwick from the Old Man path, Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Rackwick from the slopes of Moor Fea, Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Rackwick from the slopes of Moor Fea, Hoy, Orkney Islands.
Boulders at Rackwick Bay, Hoy, Orkney Islands
Boulders at Rackwick Bay, Hoy, Orkney Islands
Palm tree growing in a garden in Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands.
Palm tree growing in a garden in Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands.
Stones of the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands.
Stones of the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands.