You can get quite close to the seals on some of the Orkney Isles

Orkney has much to offer the visitor whether you are looking for a relaxing break or an action-packed holiday.

There are beautiful beaches and interesting walks packed with wildlife. Orkney has a number of RSPB reserves and hides where you can see the many unusual species of birds as they pass through.

As well as nature, Orkney is world famous for its historic sites such as Scara Brae, Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar, Broch of Gurness, Tomb of the Eagles and the St Magnus Cathedral. There are also many World War 1 & 2 sites like the Italian Chapel and museums for shipping related items. Crossing the Churchill barriers you can still see the remnants of ships scuttled to prevent further raids by German submarines.

If you are keen to get more active, you can explore the wrecks further by diving. Scapa Scuba specialise in small groups and individual dives, catering for beginners as well as experienced divers.

Free fishing also attracts many anglers to Orkney, keen to try the diversity that Loch and sea fishing brings.

Other sporting activities you can enjoy on the Islands include golfing, sailing, cycling and rock climbing.

From May to September, Orkney is also host to various agricultural shows as well as more contemporary festivals. First there is the Folk festival, closely followed by the midsummer St Magnus festival and then the South Ronaldsay’s boys ploughing and local farming shows. The summer entertainment culminates with the Science festival in September.

After a long day exploring the Islands, you can round off the evening by relaxing in any one of Orkney’s many hotels and award winning restaurants for some warm, hearty local cuisine. Whiskey connoisseurs will enjoy the distinctive single malts that Scapa and Highland Park distilleries produce.

About Orkney

Laurel House is located on the largest Island in Orkney, known as the Mainland, and is ideally situated in Kirkwall town centre, close to travel links and local amenities.

The Orkney Islands are a group of 70 or so isles, 21 of which are inhabited, located off the North coast of Scotland. In contrast to the bleakness of Caithness, the low lying islands are noticeably green and fertile, contrasting with the ever changing blue seas.

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