Scottish Islands Holiday Cottage Guide: The Orkneys

Holiday Cottages in Scotland, by cottagewriter.

The Orkney islands lie just north of mainland Scotland and consist of over 70 islands, of which just 18 are inhabited. It is a very special and unique place to visit – with a magical atmosphere quite different from the rest of Scotland.


The Orkney Islands are a bird watchers paradise and also home to amazing wildlife including grey seals and if you are at the right place at the right time whales, dolphins and porpoises are regularly and easily spotted!

Neolithic, Bronze Age and Viking ancient monuments are all over the islands with the most famous being Skara Brae, Maeshowe and the great stone cirles at Brodgar and Stenness.

Holiday self-catering accommodation on Orkney varies from 5 star cottages to traditional crofts. Renting a holiday cottage on Orkney is fabulous whatever the time of year – it is an enchanting place for a winter short break as well as for a summer holiday.

Imagine sharing gorgeous white sandy beaches with no one, no traffic lights, 9 holes of golf on a 2600 yard course for just £5  including hire of clubs, trout fishing, watching seals from your back garden and LOTS of fresh air. Sounds like a great way to spend a family holiday? We have just the place to recommend! Which Cottage approved Kiln Barn on the Isle of Sanday is a fascinating Holiday home if you are planning a holiday on Orkney Isles. The Barn sleeps six and Pets are welcome too!


Getting to the Orkneys:

– Fly to Kirkwall with Flybe from all the main Scottish airports.
– Take a boat from Aberdeen or over from the north east mainland.
– The drive or train journey to Thurso is through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland and then you take a ferry across the Pentland Firth.
– There are lots of ferries and local flights to the smaller Orkney islands.

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