Orkney Off The Beaten Path

  • Graemsay Ferry in Stromness harbour
    Graemsay Ferry in Stromness harbour
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  • Broch of Gurness
    Broch of Gurness
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  • Broch of Gurness
    Broch of Gurness
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Orkney Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Man of Hoy

    The Old Man of Hoy has to be one of Orkney's most recognisable sights, a landmark which makes regular appearances in tourist brochures for Scotland. It is a well-known and treasured natural monument, called a "sea stack", shaped by the rough seas of the Atlantic. It is 450 feet high, and it's heights were first scaled in 1966.If you take the car...

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  • Take A Little Extra Time - Orkney Life

    Try to slow down a bit and enjoy the gentler pace of island life - instead of a mad rush around the historical sites.I was whizzing past this phone box - only when I stopped did I appreciate the wild flowers and the sky larks twittering above. Suddenly I was back in my childhood summers, running through flower meadows. I was smiling, and happy and...

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  • I just love this wee cottage - an old...

    On South Ronaldsay, in the Orkney Islands, blacksmiths are not so old fashioned, forgotten technology - there is still much need for the skills, to repare farm tools and so on. Orkney can be a bit like stepping back in time - in a nice way - to a way of life, values and countryside that has seemingly vanished elewhere in my lifetime.I remember...

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  • Mine Howe

    In 1946 a local farmer decided to investigate a mysterious mound on his land, discovering a set of steps going deep underground. In 1999 the present owners found the entrance and, later, Time Team (an archaeological TV programme) excavated. 29 stone steps lead to a sunken chamber, with small side chambers on the way. The stonework is incredibly...

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  • Broch of Gurness

    The Broch of Gurness is like a better-preserved Skara Brae! Of course, it is not as old as Skara Brae. It is in a wonderful setting with spectacular views of the ocean. You can walk all around and inside the Broch of Gurness. Very interesting.

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  • Historic Blacksmith - Orkney

    An amazing opportunity to see the workshops of a blacksmith - still working!You can get married here too!!!This is inside the blacksmith's workshop - as mentioned in the previous tip.Orkney is a great place to explore old fashioned heritage places like this - and old farms, like the Kirbuster Farm museum and Corrigall Farm Museum - both run by the...

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  • South Ronaldsay Cliffs - Orkney Islands

    Watching seals swimming in the clear water, whilst I lay in the grass and flowers, fulmars chattering on the rocky cliffs. It was an absolutely magical day - like those of childhood memories. Orkney causes quite a lot of these!Tip: Get away from the crowds and take a small side road, seeming to go nowhere special. Ahh, but it does - it goes were no...

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  • Down Little Side Roads Are Places Like...

    Take a little extra time to explore the side roads - instead of just rushing from one archaeological wonder to the next. Orkney lets you breathe - if you let it.This is again on South Ronaldsay, by the Tomb of the Eagles but is an image intended to capture Orkney in essence - including rusting barbed wire , flower meadows and old buildings dried by...

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  • Sea Cliffs - Yesnaby - Wild and Storm...

    On the west coast of the Orkney mainland, between Stromness and Skara Brae (5000 year old settlement!!!), these cliffs are magical and very accessible. A great place to come for an hour or longer, to watch the Fulmars and the crashing waves!Along the cliff tops, the grass is short and the air salty - perfect terrain for one of the rarest plants -...

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  • Island of Hoy - Only rock cut "Tomb" in...

    If you can, go to the island of Hoy, second largest of Orkney's many islands.In the north of Hoy is the Dwarfie Stane, a giant boulder with a small room cut inside, guessed to be about 5000 years old - ie Stone Age.No one dwells on the conumdrum of how stone age people cut out this chamber inside a stone, without hard metal axes or explosives...

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  • Dwarfie Stane

    Oh dear, I'm directing people to a stone. However, the Dwarfie Stane is possibly the only known cut stone chambered tomb in Britain. It's a solid red sandstone about 30 feet long, and you can actually crawl into it, where you will see two chambers. It is believed to have been cut around 3000BC. Considering the tools and technology available to...

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  • Beautiful Beach

    Rackwick Bay is on the island of Hoy, and as you can see, is absolutely beautiful.The bay is at the end of the main road in Hoy, and is a popular place to visit here. Although by popular, I mean about thirty people at the most! It is from this point you can take a footpath (the only access) to the Old Man of Hoy, which is about three miles from the...

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  • Shamed local girl of Hoy

    Poor Betty Corrigall. It is not really accurate to call this off the beaten path, since there is only about one road in Hoy, you cannot fail to pass by the grave of Betty if you go to the island. OS ref: ND28019908 - beside the Water o'Hoy.In the 1770s, at the age of 27, Betty Corrigall, known as the "Maid of Hoy" became pregnant by a sailor, who...

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  • Rousay

    Rousay is 'off the beaten path' as well as a 'must-see'. The ferry goes from Tingwall, Mainland...........be prepared to reverse your car onto the rather small boat! The crossing is lovely, with fantastic views. If you don't want to take a car you can book an all-day minibus tour (great value) or hire bikes.......ask at Kirkwall tourist...

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  • Hoy.

    The Hoy ranger takes guided walks on the island during the summer season (ask at Kirkwall or Stromness tourist information). I got the ferry from Stromness and walked with the guide across the old post-road to Rackwick Bay (about 2 hours). It was really excellent, lots of birds (including great skuas) and flowers (including carnivorous ones!)....

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  • Orkney

    Lets face it all Orkney is "Off the beaten track" really and that plus the wonderful nature and its long, long history makes it really an attractive destination. Do not listen to people who say that it always rains in Scotland!! We always have good weather and have been up north lots of times. If you enjoy quiet and nature in all its facets and...

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