Mainland Destination Guide

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Explore Mainland (Orkney Islands) Coast and Beaches

Orkney Mainland is the largest island of Orkney and includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site, "The Heart of Neolithic Orkney". This site refers to a group of Neolithic monuments found on the Scottish Orkney Islands. The structures were built during the period 3000 BC to 2000 BC with archaeological evidence suggesting that they were important social and religious centres. The designated area consists of four sites, which are spread out over two locations about 6.6km apart on the island of Mainland.

Mainland Orkney Islands Coast Map


Want some ideas on where to visit?

Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, and places to stay and eat:

Churchill Barriers

Place Tags: Outdoors - Nature

St Magnus Cathedral

Place Tags: History - Heritage

Brough of Birsay

Place Tags: Outdoors - Nature

Evie Sands Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Waulkmill Bay Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Broch of Gurness

Place Tags: History - Heritage

Standing Stones of Stenness

Marwick Head

Pierowall Lady Kirk

Warebeth Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Dingieshowe Beach

Place Tags: Beaches

Knowe of Queen o Howe