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  • Diana B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This site provides a wonderful insight into Neolithic life in Orkney. We found it breathtaking & awe-inspiring. Our guide provided a great deal of information that really animated our experience. We had been wanting to visit for years, and it did not disappoint. Do not miss this!
    Written 3 February 2024
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  • Cheekycockney190757
    Basildon, UK8,545 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited on Monday 04th September 2023 on Day 3 of the British Isles Discovery 10-Day Cruise on Ambience. Here at our first port of call at Kirkwall, Orkney Isles it was a beautiful morning and we went for a walk around Kirkwall which is dominated by the St Magnus Cathedral. Though less impressive as a structure than all other cathedrals it still has an air of majesty, though in miniature form. There was a tomb of John Rae, a 19th-century Arctic explorer. Rae's role in establishing the loss of a previous expedition was covered in a talk given on board the ship later in the cruise. Outside was the St Magnus Cross re-creation (the originals now inside) on the spot where verbal contracts were sealed.
    Written 18 January 2024
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  • Johnlobster
    Morpeth, UK2,689 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went here on our visit to Orkney. It is a wonderful small building and has a wonderful story to tell. Definitely go here when visiting Orkney.
    Written 4 December 2023
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  • Islandling
    Orkney Islands, UK95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views from here are lovely, with spectacular sunset photo opportunities if you are fortunate enough to be here when the weather is good. You can have a wee look at the comet stone while you're here, although the stones themselves are unfortunately inaccessible to the public. It's a smashing place for a stroll around, and it even has a couple of pokemon gyms!
    When I was here, I found a whole ton of edible wild mushrooms growing, which was just incredible to find this late in the year. So, I'm giving it five stars. :-)

    Really though, it's lovely.
    Try to go when it's nice weather, and bring a camera.
    Written 14 December 2023
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  • Claire D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you love gin you will LOVE The Orkney Distillery. My boyfriend and I booked a gin tasting and tour of The Orkney Distillery in October of 2023. My boyfriend went along with me as a favor, as he doesn't usually like gin. Our guide gave an interesting history about gin, the aromatics, the Orkney Islands, and The Orkney Distillery. As soon as we began the tasting, we were amazed with the gin. Most of all, my boyfriend liked it. Throw all your gin expectations away as it is nothing at all like Bombay or Tanqueray, but on another level of its own merit. I have not a single complaint upon my visit to The Orkney Distillery - if anything, I can't wait to go back. A+ staff, A+ location, A+ customer service, and most importantly A++ gin.

    All of our love from Michigan, Claire & Chad
    Written 25 October 2023
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  • Diana B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Maeshowe. Our guide was knowledgeable, passionate and had a sense of humour. We loved his translations of the Norse graffiti. We were grateful for his tips of other sites to see during our visit to Orkney. Highly recommended!
    Written 3 February 2024
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  • Alan F
    Buckton, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our second tour, in successive winters, to Highland Park, and it was a delight. We were fortunate enough to be guided by Rupert, whose knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, whisky and its distilling made the trip extremely worthwhile, and excellent value for money.
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • Struan101
    Dollar, UK56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Actually better than Skara Brae, for two main reasons. Firstly it is less popular and the lack of hordes of people allows you to soak up the atmosphere of the place better. Secondly, you can actually walk within the ruins to give an occupant's eye view of the way they lived. Oh, and there was a beautiful and very friendly cat there the day we visited so that made it a six star attraction!
    Written 20 September 2023
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  • epemberton
    North Yorkshire, UK214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favourite walk from our whole week in Orkney. Parking free at the literal end of the road! Fantastic cliff top scenery. Worth detouring up the headland after you set off from the car park for views over to Hoy and the Old Man. Some cracking sea stacks off the coast, sadly we had to turn around after Yesnaby Castle as it was getting too hot for the dogs, but would've loved to continue down to North Gaulton like we originally planned.
    Written 18 September 2023
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  • Johnlobster
    Morpeth, UK2,689 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went here on our scotland tour. Absolutely fantastic to see and would definitely recommend visiting here when in Orkney.
    Written 6 December 2023
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  • Struan101
    Dollar, UK56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating museum of Orkney life from 5,000 years ago to the current day. Twelve separate rooms each covering a time period. Enjoyed ever room but my favourite was on the Viking Earls. Great nicknames that I wanted to adopt. I wanted Skullsplitter but my wife suggested "the Stout" - more accurate, if a bit mean!
    Written 19 September 2023
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  • sharon w
    Carlisle, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm a carer & was going to the Shetland Islands for a month,the staff were all absolutely amazing 👏 you couldn't fault a single one,smiling,cheerful and friendly 😀
    On my return a week later there was a problem but once again the Captain and Crew were all on hand to help me out,I'd just like to say a massive thankyou to all of you it really did mean alot & although I won't be returning I've got to say that all the crew were honestly the best people I met through the entire weeks experience ♥️ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
    Sharon Watson xxxxx
    Written 14 December 2023
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