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Best things to do in Orkney

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Establishment
“Is a Neolithic stone built settlement at the Bay of Skaill. There are eight clusters of houses and was occupied approximately 3180 years ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Great fun to visit as you walk inside the houses unescorted. There is also a visitor centre. It is 8.1 miles away and 13 minutes from Smiddy Cottage”
16 locals recommend
Church
“In the heart of Kirkwall, construction of this beautiful building was started in 1137. It is a must see place of interest which is easy to get to by foot if you are planning to take in some of Kirkwall's other sights.”
12 locals recommend
Establishment
“The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can visit anytime of day and night. It is an unescorted site in the evening hours. It is situated a couple of miles from Smiddy Cottage. It is one of the northernmost examples of hung circles in the U.K. it is a site of great presence and awe. Thoroughly recommended and not to be missed.”
8 locals recommend
Establishment
“Orkneys secret cousin to Scara Brae. Take a trip out west see this structure overlooking Rousay. Watch the "race" where the atlantic ocean meets the north sea and the waters are at different levels. The nearby beach is lovely at low tide. ”
6 locals recommend
Church
“The Italian Chapel is a highly ornate Catholic chapel on Lamb Holm in the Orkney Islands. It was built during World War II by Italian prisoners of war, who were housed on the previously uninhabited island while they constructed the Churchill Barriers to the east of Scapa Flow. Only the concrete foundations of the other buildings of the prisoner-of-war camp survive. It was not completed until after the end of the war, and was restored in the 1960s and again in the 1990s.”
3 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a great pub situated on Kirkwall's harbour front. Local beers and great food. Food is served until 9pm and it can be busy so it's often advisable to book a table if you don't want to take a chance. ”
6 locals recommend
Cinema
“There Is An Incredible Swimming Baths & Poweful Jecuzzi & Dry & Steam Saunna. And a Fantastic Gym and Squash Courst and If That Wasn't Engough An Amazing Cinemas Also. ”
8 locals recommend
Establishment
“Maeshowe is a Neolithic chambered cairn and passage grave situated on Mainland Orkney, Scotland. It was probably built around 2800 BC. It gives its name to the Maeshowe type of chambered cairn, which is limited to Orkney.”
3 locals recommend
Supermarket
1 local recommends
Art Gallery
“Representing Orkney art and craftsmanship. The building won best building of the year in ...... The small shop hosts unusual gifts and local crafts. Not to be missed.”
4 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Tidal Island (please check for low tide times ) It has remains of a Viking settlement, a 12th century Monastery and its also a nature reserve and has sea birds nesting in Spring/summer”
7 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Tours on Wednesday at 10 am June July and August, tour at 10 am on Monday/Wednesday and Friday”
3 locals recommend
Establishment
“A cafe near the Cathedral, with outdoor seating for watching the world walk by on a fine day. Also for live music in the evenings. ”
7 locals recommend
Bar
“Has a wide choice of menu. It is always advisable to book during the high season”
2 locals recommend
Café
3 locals recommend
Bus Station
“A must see. Now known to pre date Stonehenge. The adjacent "Neolithic Cathedral" is currently being excavated, and you can watch the archaeologists at work during the summer (check your dates). It is thought to be the hub from which the Neolithic expanded out over the British Isles and Northern Europe. ”
5 locals recommend