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The Orkney Islands are an archipelago of islands that are located off the tip of the British Mainland. The largest settlement in the islands is the town of Kirkwall, which also serves as its administrative centre. The name "Orkney" dates back to the 1st century BC or earlier and the islands have been inhabited for at least 8,500 years. Originally occupied by Mesolithic and Neolithic tribes and then by the Picts, Orkney was invaded and forcibly annexed by Norway in 875 and settled by the Norse. The Scottish Parliament then re annexed the earldom to the Scottish Crown in 1472 following the failed payment of a dowry for James III's bride, Margaret of Denmark. Holidays to Orkney Islands are all about sightseeing, as they contain some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, and "Heart of Neolithic Orkney" is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel Center offers all inclusive holidays to make your trip to Orkney Islands a memorable one. Get in touch with one of our experts today, and leave everything to us. Book holidays to Orkney Islands with us and experience this great holiday destination off the northern tip of Scotland at its very best.
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English, Scottish Gaelic, Scots
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A stone-built Neolithic colony, the biggest island in the Orkney island of Scotland. It comprises of eight congregated houses, and was inhabited from approximately 3180 BC–2500 BC. It obtained UNESCO World Heritage Site rank as one of four areas creating the "The Heart of Neolithic Orkney.
The Ring of Brodgar
The exceptionally known really round former Neolithic or initial Bronze Age stone ring and a later declaration of the spirit which gave advance to Maeshowe, Stenness and Skara Brae. It’s placed on an eastward-inclined highland on the Ness of Brodgar - a narrow peel of land dividing the Harray and Stenness bay.
St Magnus Cathedral
Famous as the 'Light in the North' it was established in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in tribute of his uncle St Magnus. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, an excellent sample of Romanesque structure, it controls the skyline of Kirkwall, the chief town of Orkney.
Standing Stones of Stenness
A Neolithic landmark five miles northeast of Stromness on the shore of Orkney, Scotland. This might be the ancient henge site in the British Isles. Diverse customs related with the stones endured into the current period and they create sections of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.
One of the prominent structural attainments of the ancient peoples of Scotland. Believed to date from about 2700BC, Maeshowe is one of the landmarks that create the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. It is the biggest and most magnificent of Orkney’s numerous cavernous monuments.
Famous for its striking Old Red Sandstone seaside cliff terrain which comprises sea stacks, blowholes, geos and often boiling oceans. A car park, seaside path and explanatory consoles serve tourists. The region is famous with hikers due to Yesnaby Castle, a two-legged ocean stack just south of the Brough of Bigging.
Pier Arts Centre
An art gallery and museum in Stromness, Orkney. It was set in 1979 to supply a home for a significant selection of British fine art presented to "be held in trust for Orkney" by the author, peace activist and philanthropist Margaret Gardiner (1904–2005).
Orkney Wireless Museum
It accommodates a selection of domestic and military wireless gear. It expanded from the private selection of the late Jim MacDonald from St Margaret's Hope and symbolises the significance of wireless transmissions in Orkney during World War II. The exhibits and pictorial registry bear witness to the strategic and military significance.
By the south coast of the Harray bay, on a point of terrain called Antaness, about 150 metres to the north of the Standing Stones o' Stenness, are the ruins of an Orcadian Stone Age colony. Only the rebuilt bottom routes of a tiny part of the village's stonework are noticeable today.
Ward Hill, Hoy
The tallest hill rests at the north of the island. It creates a bent hill, similar of a 'J' in form. The bottom hills are engulfed in heather and grass; the summit of the hill is enveloped in tiny rocks with bare sandy soil. The tallest peak is towards the northern tip, and is enthroned by a trig point.