Holiday Cottages in Orkney Islands

Situated off the northeastern coast of Scotland, the Orkney Islands invite you to immerse yourself in a land rich in ancient history, breathtaking landscapes and unique island charm. This archipelago of enchanting beauty and archaeological wonders is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Step back in time as you explore Neolithic sites older than the pyramids of Egypt. Marvel at the magnificent Standing Stones of Stenness, the ancient village of Skara Brae, and the mystical chambered tomb of Maeshowe, where the winter solstice sun aligns perfectly. Hike the iconic sea stack of the Old Man of Hoy, explore the stunning architecture of St. Magnus Cathedral or admire the painted frescoes in the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm in Scapa Flow. Our Orkney holiday cottages tick all the boxes for a tranquil island escape in Scotland. Whether you're looking for a cosy cottage near the coast for a romantic break or a dog-friendly lodge for some quality family time, we've got you covered with our selection of self-catering holiday homes in Orkney.

Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge in Orkney Islands, Scotland

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Things to do in Orkney Islands on your holiday in Scotland

Explore the prehistoric wonders of Orkney's UNESCO World Heritage Site...
When it comes to history and culture, Orkney offers an abundance of incredible archaeological sites that showcase the island's incredible heritage. The Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago, is home to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising a group of important prehistoric sites. Discover the well-preserved Neolithic village of Skara Brae, explore the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge, and enter the chambers of Maeshowe with its well-preserved Norse runic inscriptions. You can visit these incredible sites from any of the Orkney islands, as the Mainland is easily accessible by car or ferry. You can also book a guided tour of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney for an even deeper insight into their incredible history. Staying in one of our holiday cottages on the Orkney isles gives you easy access to these mesmerising sites.

Discover incredible wildlife with birdwatching and seal spotting...
The Orkney isles are a captivating destination for birdwatchers, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Renowned for its seabird colonies, keen twitchers should head to one of the island's many RSPB reserves, such as RSPB Scotland Noup Cliffs or RSPB Scotland Brodgar Nature Reserve, to observe colonies of puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. The islands are also an ideal location for seeing marine life in their natural habitat. Porpoises and seals are regularly seen around the Orkney coastline and, during the summer months, there are boat tours from Stromness Harbour on the west mainland to go out and spot whales and dolphins. Visit during the annual Orkney Nature Festival, usually held in May, and enjoy specially curated events that showcase the island's incredible wildlife on guided tours, cruises and walks. Find the ideal base for your bird watching or wildlife spotting adventure with our self-catering Orkney accommodation.

Take in beautiful views with coastal walks and scenic hikes...
From picturesque village rambles and rugged coastal hikes to historic trails and stunning beach strolls, Orkney is a true walker's paradise. Spend your days island hopping, discovering stunning landscapes and unparalleled vistas. Stroll through the streets of Kirkwall, with its historic sites and pretty Kirkwall Bay; hike your way around Hoy, home to the breathtaking Hoy hills and the dramatic rock formation of the Old Man of Hoy near Rackwick Bay. For beach walks and fossil hunting, head for the rocky shorelines and fossil-rich cliffs and of places like the Bay of Skaill, Yesnaby or Sandwick Bay on the Orkney Mainland. Our self-catering Orkney holiday homes are dotted around the islands, offering luxury comfort in a diverse range of landscapes, from coastal chalets with stunning views of the sea to dog-friendly lodges in a peaceful location with top-notch amenities.

Brough of Birsay in Orkney Islands, Scotland