Orkney Travel Guide
UNESCO has recognized the unique importance of Orkney's heritage by creating the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney' World Heritage Site, taking in some of the major prehistoric sites such as Skara Brae, Maes Howe chambered tomb, and the Ring of Brogar (Brodgar) stone circle. But beyond these justifiably recognized sites, there are hundreds of other fabulous historic attractions to explore.
Orkney has been variously and erronneously called by several names over the years, including 'The Orkneys', and 'The Orkney Islands'. These are actually misnomers; the correct term is simply 'Orkney', which takes in all the islands. The word Orkney comes from Old Norse, and means 'seal islands'. So, referring to Orkney as 'The Orkney Islands' is like saying 'The Seal Islands Islands'. And 'The Orkneys' would be a double plural, so that would not be correct either. A minor point, but one that will avoid annoying the natives, who should be referred to as 'Orcadians'.
Newest attractions added: Tomb of the Eagles
Ring of Brodgar Photo Gallery - Skara Brae Photo Gallery - St Magnus Cathedral Gallery - Stones of Stenness Photos
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