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Situated off the north coast of Scotland the Orkney archipelago consists of lots of small islands (some 70 or so), including of course the main island is Orkney; others of note include Sanday and Westray. These really are places to escape the pressures of everyday life.

The principal town on Orkney is its capital, Kirkwall, with a port and airport this bustling town has shops and places to eat and drink. The town has a long history, founded in 1035 it shows fine examples of its ancient Norse origins and of particular interest is St Magnus Cathedral, one of the finest medieval buildings in the north of Scotland.

Orkney's history goes back to Neolithic times and has a strong Norse influence which is not surprising given its location. The Neolithic findings on the island are so significant that have been awarded UNESCO world heritage status. In the 13th century these islands were part of Norway and had been populated by Norse settlers for hundreds of years earlier. This rich historical context is evidenced by the number of ancient places of interest there are here.

The Ring of Brodgar is just one example, combining the Islands' rich history with a naturally stunning landscape to make for a truly unforgettable experience. This magnificent henge and stone circle is nestled between the Lochs of Harray and Stenness on the Mainland and offers a fascinating experience. Equally popular, and no less-impressive, at the Brough of Birsay the remains of ancient settlements can be found along with some unique vantage points to appreciate the region's incredible natural wildlife.

The diverse range of natural untouched habitats provides a home to a range of flora and fauna; in particular the magnificent displays of rare wild flowers that can be seen in the summer months which are a sight to behold. Visitors will also appreciate the abundant bird life and marine life here; wildlife tours and boat trips are available on the island.

A holiday here is for those who are looking for a unique outdoors break in one of Britain's most special locations. With stunning natural landscapes, cliff top walks and pristine beaches, wild nature and few tourists.

Orkney is in easy reach from the Scottish mainland, with ferry services operating from a number of ports including Aberdeen (Includes car ferry) and John o' Groats (Passenger ferry only in the summer). Onward travel by ferry or plane to the outer islands is available from Orkney.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages on the Orkney Islands today.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Beautiful sea views

These lovely holiday cottages, renovated to a good standard, enjoy unrivalled views over the sea. Westray, the queen of the Isles, is the ultimate get away from it all destination. This beautiful island, just north of mainland Orkney, has a unique atmosphere with many attractions of historic and cultural interest. Each season on Westray enjoys its own flavour with the endless summer days, and in winter you may be lucky to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – a stunning sight never to be forgotten. There is a large variety of birdlife, and a visit to the Castle O’Burrian to see the magnificent puffin colony should not be missed. Walk along the rocky shorelines to see the seals and watch the sea birds diving. Visit the ‘hands on’ Westray Heritage Centre, the historic Notland Castle or one of the archaeological sites. The Westray Craft Trail where you can watch local people making their wares gives an insight into island life. Guided tours and cycle hire are available and the golf course is nearby. Enjoy a holiday relaxing in the peace and solitude of this magical island. Shops, pubs and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Sauna room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electricity by £1 meter. Underfloor central heating included. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Parking (2 cars). Sauna.
All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. T/dyer and freezer (in external outbuilding). Large shared, landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. T/dyer and freezer (in external outbuilding). Large shared, landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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£217-£501
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Harbour View Ref: 80198

Lying in the heart of a bustling ferry and fishing harbour, this comfortable first floor holiday apartment was originally a warehouse, constructed in the 1760s. Steeped in history, it boasts fascinating views and a close proximity to the centre of vibrant Stromness, a town renowned for its maritime history, in an Isle rich with natural wonders. 5,000 year old Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and St Magnus Cathedral nearby, with golf and fishing locally. Mountain bikes available for hire. Shop and pub 50 yards.

External open-tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

First £5 electricity included, remainder by card meter. NSH, bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. No smoking.

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£224-£527
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Beautiful sea views

These lovely holiday cottages, renovated to a good standard, enjoy unrivalled views over the sea. Westray, the queen of the Isles, is the ultimate get away from it all destination. This beautiful island, just north of mainland Orkney, has a unique atmosphere with many attractions of historic and cultural interest. Each season on Westray enjoys its own flavour with the endless summer days, and in winter you may be lucky to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – a stunning sight never to be forgotten. There is a large variety of birdlife, and a visit to the Castle O’Burrian to see the magnificent puffin colony should not be missed. Walk along the rocky shorelines to see the seals and watch the sea birds diving. Visit the ‘hands on’ Westray Heritage Centre, the historic Notland Castle or one of the archaeological sites. The Westray Craft Trail where you can watch local people making their wares gives an insight into island life. Guided tours and cycle hire are available and the golf course is nearby. Enjoy a holiday relaxing in the peace and solitude of this magical island. Shops, pubs and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft box bed) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (fuel not provided). Underfloor central heating and electricity included. Laundry service on request. Washing machine (in external outbuilding). Parking (2 cars).
All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. T/dyer and freezer (in external outbuilding). Large shared, landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. T/dyer and freezer (in external outbuilding). Large shared, landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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£205-£448
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Beautiful sea views

These lovely holiday cottages, renovated to a good standard, enjoy unrivalled views over the sea. Westray, the queen of the Isles, is the ultimate get away from it all destination. This beautiful island, just north of mainland Orkney, has a unique atmosphere with many attractions of historic and cultural interest. Each season on Westray enjoys its own flavour with the endless summer days, and in winter you may be lucky to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – a stunning sight never to be forgotten. There is a large variety of birdlife, and a visit to the Castle O’Burrian to see the magnificent puffin colony should not be missed. Walk along the rocky shorelines to see the seals and watch the sea birds diving. Visit the ‘hands on’ Westray Heritage Centre, the historic Notland Castle or one of the archaeological sites. The Westray Craft Trail where you can watch local people making their wares gives an insight into island life. Guided tours and cycle hire are available and the golf course is nearby. Enjoy a holiday relaxing in the peace and solitude of this magical island. Shops, pubs and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room/conservatory with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with additional bunk and en-suite wet room with shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower with toilet.

Underfloor central heating and electricity included. Washing machine (in external outbuilding). Ample parking.
All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. T/dyer and freezer (in external outbuilding). Large shared, landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. T/dyer and freezer (in external outbuilding). Large shared, landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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£205-£606
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Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Park Ref: 90290

A cosy hideaway, with spectacular sea views, in a very remote area, Park, a former croft, perfectly placed to get away from it all. A simply, yet comfortably furnished holiday cottage, built in 1884 from traditional stone, it stands alone, amidst acres of grass land. Long beaches, the nearest 200 yards, no-one else in sight, and only the lighthouse, birds and seals for company. Sanday School, 8 miles, swimming pool. 9 hole golf by arrangement. Shoreline SSSI for seals and wading birds. Start Point Lighthouse ½ mile. Shop 7 miles, pubs/restaurants 10 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Electricity by meter reading. Initial supply of solid fuel central heating included, remainder at cost. Bed linen and towels included. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Payphone. Small, walled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking.

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£241-£400
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Greystone Ref: CC511040
Greystone is a traditional detached single storey cottage that has been tastefully renovated and furnished to provide bright, attractive accommodation in a tranquil, unspoilt setting. Set in its own large garden grounds, surrounded by open farmland with views across to the sea from all angles, it offers an ideal opportunity to enjoy a totally unique island holiday experience. Just 12 miles across and no more than 6 miles wide you are never far from stunning coastline.

Ground Floor: Accommodation is all at ground floor level, has electric panel heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With modern, electric flame effect feature fire, LCD TV, DVD player, radio/CD player. A selection of dvds and children’s games; Bose 2 iPod/iPhone docking station and wireless internet connection.
Dining: With solid oak table and bench chairs and oil fired Rayburn range to provide focal point and cosy ambience.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With two single beds (with electric blankets).
Shower room: With large corner shower, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed garden leading directly onto open farmland. Outbuildings for storage of outdoor equipment. Off road parking for 2 cars.
Sanday is easily accessible from mainland Orkney, by both ferry and plane. Flying direct from Kirkwall on mainland Orkney to Sanday takes just 11 minutes. There are usually two flights per day and they are run at a very reasonable price. The ferry from Kirkwall to Sanday takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Car and passenger costs are kept to a minimum as they are regularly used by islanders.
Getting to Kirkwall, Mainland Orkney - Regular flights run from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow direct to Kirkwall. Regular ferries operate from Aberdeen, John O’Groats, Gills Bay and Scrabster, near Thurso. Flights, car and passenger ferries operate all year round. There is also a regular scheduled bus service that runs from Inverness centre to Scrabster and John O’Groats which connects with the Orkney ferries. Further details available from owner.
The journey to Sanday forms part of the wonderful island adventure.

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£300-£630
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