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Welcome to Orkney

On this website you’ll find all of the information you need to make the most of your stay in our beautiful, historic and friendly islands.

Cruising into Orkney, you’ll enter a different world, one in which you’ll discover stunning scenery, unrivalled archaeology, abundant wildlife, rich culture and fabulous food and drink.

You’ll also find a warm welcome awaiting you within our friendly community. In Orkney, we’re proud of our distinctive heritage and eager to share our many wonderful attractions with you, our guest.

During your visit to Orkney, you’ll see our most famous landmarks and travel back over 5,000 years in time, but we also hope you’ll make countless discoveries of your own and leave here with treasured memories of the time you’ve shared with us.

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Great Orkney Tours

Orcadians are proud of their islands. When visitors arrive, we like nothing better than giving them a guided tour of some of our favourite places.

The growth in the cruise trade locally has led to an increased number of qualified guides, all equipped with their mini-buses and microphones, providing friendly, personal and private tours for day visitors. Jean Ross from Great Orkney Tours is one of them.

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