Orkney Guide Book:
Orkney Visitor Attractions

Contents: Bed & Breakfast - Hotels - Self-Catering
References: Where to Stay on the Way - Getting to Orkney

Balfour Castle Tours, SHAPINSAY KW17 2DY Tel (01856) 711282, Fax (01856) 711283
e-mail   balfourcastle@btinternet.com
website  www.balfourcastle.co.uk
Spend a pleasant afternoon on Shapinsay with a guided tour of the principal rooms of the Castle and of its Victorian walled garden.  Orkney farmhouse teas in Castle staff dining room.  Twice weekly on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Ferry leaves Kirkwall at 14:15.

Barony Mills, Birsay Heritage Trust, Springburn, TWATT, Orkney  KW17 2JH  Tel (01856) 771276
The Barony Mill, Orkney’s last water mill, specialises in bere-meal production. Built in 1873 it is situated at the west end of Boardhouse Loch.  Guided tours of mill.  Open every day April to September.  Admission charge.

Broch of Gurness, Aikerness, EVIE
Tel (01856) 751414
Well-preserved Iron Age broch on the shore of Eynhallow Sound with extensive rampart and large domestic settlement.  Interesting museum with displays.  Open all year, admission charge.

Carrick House, EDAY, Orkney KW17 2AB
Tel (01857) 622260
Historic laird’s house built by John Stewart in 1633.   Scene of the capture of Pirate Gow in 1725.  Guided tours once weekly to coincide with Sunday ferries or by request in summer.
 

Corrigall Farm Museum, HARRAY, Orkney  
Restored 19th century farmstead with living area, old utensils, and a working loom.  Steading with circular kiln, barn and byre.  Sheep, hens and horse-powered implements.  Open March to October, admission charge.

Highland Park Distillery Visitor Centre, Holm Road, KIRKWALL KW15 1SU
Tel (01856) 874619, Fax (01856) 876091
website   www.highlandpark.co.uk
200 year old distillery with working floor maltings and peat-burning kilns.  Visitor Centre with interesting shop.  Guided tours available all year round of distillery with audiovisual programme about Orkney and the Distillery.  Free dram - Admission charge for tours.  STB Commended.

Kirbuster Farm Museum, BIRSAY, Orkney
Preserved 19th century “firehoose” with fireback and smoke hole in the roof.  Neuk beds in walls.  Interesting artefacts inside Victorian garden and attractive burn outside.  Open March to October, admission charge.

Maeshowe and Tormiston Mill, STENNESS, Orkney Tel (01856) 761606
Orkney’s most spectacular Neolithic chambered cairn.  Large collection of 12th century Viking runes.  During December and January the setting sun illuminates the passage and chamber.  Adjacent 19th century mill houses shop and displays.  Open all year, admission charge.

Orkney Fossil & Vintage Centre, Viewforth, BURRAY  KW17 2SX  Tel (01856) 731255
Displays of local and worldwide fossils and “glow in the dark” minerals, vintage exhibits and old joinery tools.  Archive room and attractive gift shop.  Fascinating story of Orkney geology and fossils.  Admission charge to display rooms.

The Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Broad Street, KIRKWALL, Orkney  KW15 1DH
Tel (01856) 873191 Fax (01856) 871560
The story of Orkney 4,000BC to 1,800AD. From the Stone Age to the 18th century - via Picts and Vikings.  Contained in an historic 16th century house with gardens.  Open all year, admission free.

Orkney Wireless Museum, Kiln Corner, Junction Road, KIRKWALL KW15 1LB
Tel (01856) 871400
A fascinating collection showing domestic radio over the years.  Wartime radio in Orkney, valves, transistors, etc, and Italian Prisoner of War artefacts.

The Pier Arts Centre, Victoria Street, STROMNESS KW16 3AA
Tel (01856) 850209, Fax (01856) 851462
Continuous programme of contemporary art exhibitions shown alongside a remarkable collection of 20th century art, including Hepworth, Wallis and Gabo.

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre, Lyness, HOY, Orkney
Scapa Flow’s major role as a naval base in WWI and WWII is portrayed here with displays, artefacts and equipment.  Original fuel oil pumping station and one preserved oil tank.  Open all year,  admission charge.

Skaill House, Breckness Estate, SANDWICK KW16 3LR
Tel (01856) 841501, Fax (01856) 841668
e-mail janette@skaillhouse.freeserve.co.uk
Complement your Skara Brae experience with a visit to this 17th century Mansion House.  Skaill House offers a unique insight into Orkney history.  Gift shop.  Open April to September, otherwise by appointment, admission charge (includes access to Skara Brae).

Skara Brae Visitor Centre and Skara Brae, Bay of Skaill, SANDWICK, Orkney Tel (01856) 841815
Visitor Centre with audiovisual, hands-on displays and artefacts from Skara Brae.  Shop and café.  Replica of hut 7 from the Neolithic village. Open all year.  Admission charge to displays and Skara Brae (includes access to Skaill House April to Sept).
St Magnus Kirk, The Palace, BIRSAY
This attractive church was built in 1760, but parts of its structure are much earlier.  It is open to visitors and a key can be obtained from nearby Palace Stores.

Stronsay Fish Mart, Whitehall Village, STRONSAY KW17 2AR Tel (01857) 616346
Former fish mart from the Herring Fishing time - now café, museum, visitor centre and hostel.  Meals, snacks, takeaway, hot and cold drinks, gifts, postcards, etc.  Self-catering hostel sleeping 8 people.

Stromness Museum, 52 Alfred Street, STROMNESS, Orkney KW16 3DF  Tel (01856) 850025
Orkney maritime history displays, including shipping, whaling, Hudson’s Bay Company and the WWI German fleet in Scapa Flow.  Display of Orkney eggs, butterflies and moths.
 
Sui Generis Gallery, Redbanks, EDAY KW17 2AA Tel/Fax (01857) 622219
www.suigenerisfurniture.co.uk
Byres are galleries, exhibits magical collection of unique furniture, etc. Exclusive souvenirs. Unusual gardens, workshop, guided tours, admission charge.

Tomb of the Eagles, Liddle, SOUTH RONALDSAY KW17 2RW Tel (01856) 831339
Unique insight into Neolithic life with opportunity to handle original artefacts.  Visit to Bronze Age House as well as the Tomb itself in its cliff top location.  Admission charge.

Westray Heritage Centre, The Lodge, Pierowall, WESTRAY KW17 Tel (01857) 677231
Permanent artistic natural history display.  Annual historic exhibition, hands-on children’s models, crafts and light refreshments.  Open May to September.  Admission charge.

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