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“Beautiful, peaceful Orkney”
Review of Orkney Islands

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inverness
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78 reviews
35 helpful votes
“Beautiful, peaceful Orkney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

Orkney is well worth a visit. It is green, farming and fishing country and it's people know the true meaning of hospitality. If you love archaeology then you will be in heaven. Skara Brae, Maeshowe, Tomb of the Eagles are only a handful of the many sites to visit. The two towns of Kirkwall and Stromness are good bases for your holiday but there are many good hotels and bed and breakfasts and self-catering to choose from all over the main island. Then there are all the other smaller islands to visit all with daily ferries. Food is local and very good. There are many fine walks and some spectacular coastal scenery so a camera is essential as is all weather clothing. I had a super sunny, calm week but you have to be prepared for windy, inclement weather also. It is the British Isles!!!! You won't be disappointed.

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Thank maureen g
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Yorkshire
Level Contributor
43 reviews
62 helpful votes
“Not worth the ferry fare”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

We were in Caithness and thought we ought to pop over to the Orkneys for the day, whilst we were in the area. We booked a ferry (1 hour crossing, dog was allowed to stay in the car) and popped over for the day. Honestly, I wish we hadn’t bothered. They are not exactly geared up for tourism and it is as though they don’t want tourists to visit. There is nothing to do. We were hopeful of seeing various wildlife and perhaps it was the wrong time of the year, but we didn’t see anything. Very disappointing.

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Thank SLKYorkshire
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Scotland
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141 reviews
71 helpful votes
“Awesome Orkney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

Spent last week in Orkeny staying in Kirkwall and Stromness. Fantastic place with lots to do - we found we did not have enough time and will have to go back. Have always wanted to see Scara Brae and was not disappointed. First B&B in Kirkwall could have been better (hostess was not a good cook) but the second one at Netherstove near Scara Brae was outstanding - fresh oven scones and pancakes for breakfast plus the usual full Scottish breakfast and fruit.

Lots to see, plenty of walks, no midges and the weather was good - no rain until a shower on the day we were coming home.

Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

We travelled on the Pentland ferry from Gill's Bay to St Margaret's Hope - takes only 1 hour.

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Thank Fijilass
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Penkhull
Level Contributor
43 reviews
35 helpful votes
“my favorite place in Scotland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2011

Peace, quiet, interest, wildlife, history, it has it all and if you go in June July you get the weather and a festival...........how would you like to be the only car on the road on a bank holiday Monday

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Thank LynnPenkhull
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glashow
1 review
“commodore chalets orkney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2010

we were in orkney in july 2010 and stayed at the commodore chalets,excellent and inexpensive accomodation and very central to all of the historic attractions,a restaurant is available right next to the chalets,all fishing is free and kirbister loch is jumping with brown trout,stromness is stunning,roads are quiet,and kirkwall is excellent for food and nightlife,wonderful people,it is like stepping back in time, an aerchaeological pass whick covers the magnificent sites is available for £16 and is fantastic value,the whole place feels mystical,the food is ouy of this world,if you go you should visit the chip shop down from st magnus cathedral,i had fish and chips which was so fresh and tasty that i could have eaten th epaper it was wrapped in.

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Thank jonmar6242
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