Best of Orkney Islands, Scotland (with Map & Photos)

Orkney Scotland

Only 17 of the 70 Orkney Islands are inhabited, and the most breathtaking coastlines stretch where 300-meter-high cliffs are buried in white sandy beaches. The islands are home to the highest concentration of prehistoric monuments in Europe - evidence of ancient cultures.

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Orkney Scotland

The Orkney Islands include Mainland Island, the largest island in the archipelago in Scotland, with the cities of Kirkwall and Stromness, a group of northern islands, the largest of which are North Ronaldsay, Westray, Papa Westray, Eday ( Eday); and the group of southern islands - Scapa Flow, Hoy, Burray, South Ronaldsay.

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Orkney Scotland

How to get to the Orkney Islands

Kirkwall has an airport with flights from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness with connections at London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast. There are flights to Kirkwall twice a day from Shetland Airport in Sumburgh.

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Orkney Scotland

Weather in Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands have a cool, temperate climate that is surprisingly mild and stable for such northern latitudes due to the influence of the Gulf Stream. The average annual temperature is + 8 ° C - in winter the temperature drops to + 4 ° C, in summer it rises to + 12 ° C. Winds are a key feature of the Orkney Islands climate (even in summer).

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Orkney Scotland

The Orkney Islands are very popular with tourists due to the length of the day - in summer the sun rises at 03:00 and sets at 22:00. But winter nights are very long - the sun appears on the horizon at 09:00 and sets at 15:00. Aurora Borealis can be seen at this time of year.

Orkney Islands Map