Top Things To Do In Orkney

Orkney has a rich history and many beautiful sights and a lot to see, here are some of the top things to visit when in Orkney. Below we’ll share some of the top things for you to do on your visit to the island.

Ring of Brodgar, this is one of the areas most visited attractions. These large stones have been reported to be one of the most photographed things in Orkney. Estimated to be built 2500-2000 BC, there is simply no known fact on why it was built, which only adds to its mystery. On Thursdays at 1 pm there is a free guided tour to see the massive stones.

Broch of Gurness was once an Iron Age settlement. A place of power, it was a small town that was built around a massive Broch tower. It is open from April to September, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm with an admission fee of £5.50 for adults £3.30 for children and a concession of £4.40.

The Italian Chapel, is one of Orkney’s major tourist attractions, bringing in around 100,000 people every year. The chapel itself put together by artist Domenico Chiocchetti, who was tasked with putting two Nissan tents together to make the chapel.The Chapel is open to tourists for a fee of £3.00 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Operating hours will depend on the time of year you go, mid-March, April and October 10-4pm and Sunday 12-3pm. June, July, August 9-6pm, 7 days a week. May, September 9-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm. November, December, January, February until mid-March 10 – 1 pm, 6 days a week, closed on Sundays.

Orcadian Wildlife, for the wildlife lover, this tour is an excellent tour. Open from April to October, and the tour guides actually live there. Tour groups are small, eight at most, as to cater to the guest more, and they listen to what you want to see. The holidays are all-inclusive and repeat guests are given discounts.

Take a guided tour: there are many guided tours to choose from, including a personal guide and anything from large buses to vans, and boats, there are many ways to see as much as Orkney as possible. It will all depend on your personal preference and budget to see which guided tour will work best for you.

Scuba diving, some of the scuba diving options here, such as Scapa Scuba offers a try a dive, options for those who have never dived before. The try a dive is a half day that is open to everyone 10 and older. The dive is around several shipwrecks.The cost is £85 per person for one dive and £150 per person for two dives and no prior experience is required.

Gaira Driving Ponies are a fun way to see the area in a horse drawn carriage. Run by a husband and wife team, they will take you on a pleasant ride to a small cafe for a break. Anyone with any prior horse experience can have a turn taking the reigns. Also offered is a safe children’s session where children get to groom and harness a pony and then take turns holding the reigns in a safe field. Prices will vary depending on what booking you make.

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