All Places in Orkney Islands
- Stronsay Meal Mill is a privately owned mill located at the foot of Mill Brae on eastern Stronsay, Orkney. The now uninhabited three-storey mill has a wheel and lade and was built in the 19th century. It was powered by water from the stream flowing from the Muckle Water to Mill Bay.
- Warebeth beach is located on the western side of mainland Orkney with the beach being named after the large amount of seaweed or “ware” that can be found washed up, which during the 18th and 19th centuries harvesting this seaweed was big business for the locals. Warebeth beach is a large curving sandy beach with stone slabs and the beach is also well known for finding fish fossils. You have car parking at the beach and some toilets exist on the headland by the cemetery.
- Skara Brae is a large Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill. The settlement consists of ten clustered houses, dated from the late Neolithic and inhabited for around 600 years, between 3200BC and 2200BC. The settlement is one of Europe’s most complete Neolithic village and has been called the “Scottish Pompeii” because of its excellent preservation. Because of this protection by the sand that covered the settlement the buildings, and their contents, are well-preserved. Not only can you see the walls of the structures but they are roofed with their original stone slabs, and the interior fittings of each house give a view of life was about. Skara Brae is within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Noup Cliffs sit over 76 metres above the sea on the north-west coast of Westray in the Orkney islands. This is home to Orkney’s largest seabird colony with guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and a chance of puffins. A great place to walk along the cliff path with spectacular coastal scenery, wildflowers and of course the birds.
- Ward Hill is a curved ridge and is the highest hill in Orkney, sitting on the north of the island of Hoy. Ward Hill may be climbed from a variety of starting points. The northern side, directly above Hoy Village is steep and craggy, and thus presents the least appealing ascent route.
- Sands of Wright is a sandy sheltered beach. Venue for the annual South Ronaldsay Boys Ploughing Match, an event where children dress up in costumes resembling the harnesses of the horses which were once used to plough. Facilities include toilets and parking on the beach with St Margaret’s Hope being the closest location for shops and places to eat.
- The Stone o’ Quoybune is solitary standing stone of prehistoric origin in Birsay in Orkney. The stone stands at nearly 4m high and is one of the Orcadian standing stones associated with the folklore of the ‘petrified giant’. The myth says that each New Year, the Stone o’ Quoybune goes down to the nearby Boardhouse Loch and takes a drink. If you were to see the stone taking this annual trek, then supposedly you would not live to see another new year.