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Guide books and beginning to plan

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Guide books and beginning to plan


I am considering a holiday in Orkney next year.

Before I start, can anyone recommend any good guide books or websites to help with my planning? I borrowed a couple of UK/Scotland guide books from the library but they didn't give much information about Orkney.

I have already found www.visitorkney.com

Thanks :)

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1. Re: Guide books and beginning to plan

Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands & Islands.

There should be recommendations for sites on old posts on the Orkney forum.

It's an amazing place!

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For general information:

Scottish Island Book 2 Orkney and Shetland by James and Deborah Penrith. Vacation Work Publications


This is one of the best guide books around.

For detailed information of the sites:

Exploring Scotland's Heritage Orkney by Anna Richie. The Stationery Office



Walks in Orkney by Mary Walsh. It is full of flowering descriptions but route finding details are poor as are the maps. Even with the OS 1:25,000maps we had problems following her routes and began to wonder how long ago it was she walked them....

It is worthwhile buying (or borrowing copies) of the OS 1:50,000 maps and if you are planning to walk the 1;25,0000 explorer Maps.

Spend some time (actually several hours as you begin more detailed research) on this web site:


It is the most amazing resource of information covering many aspects of Orkney you won't find elsewhere.

I assume you have sent off for the relevant literature from Orkney Tourist Information Office?

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The very best piece of advice I can give you is to book a local guide for a tour of Orkney.

This is what we did and it meant that we got to see (and understand) so many places that we would never have found on our own.

Even if you just take a tour of Orkney for one day of your trip, it will be money well spent.

Have a look at the company we used www.orkneyaspects.co.uk - our guide Pat Stone was excellent, informative and great fun - I can recommend her heartily.

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