1 Maes Howe, Orkney

Orkney’s, and Europe’s, finest Neolithic chambered tomb.

2 Skara Brae, Orkney

Neolithic village giving a fascinating insight into prehistoric life.

3 St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney

Beautiful red-stone cathedral built by the Vikings.

4 Rackwick, Orkney

Experience splendid isolation, rumbling rocky beach and the famous Old Man of Hoy.

5 Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum, Lyness, Orkney

Learn about the wartime history of Orkney’s great natural harbour and the scuttling of the German Fleet.

6 Westray, Orkney

Thriving Orkney island with seabird colonies, sandy beaches and a ruined castle.

7 Isle of Noss, Shetland

Guaranteed seals, puffins and dive-bombing “bonxies”.

8 Mousa, Shetland

Remote Shetland islet with a 2000-year-old broch and nesting storm petrels.

9 Jarlshof, Shetland

Site mingling Iron Age, Bronze Age, Pictish, Viking and medieval settlements.

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