When in Orkney…
Here are a few places you won’t want to miss when visiting Orkney:
Within five minutes of Breck Cottage
- The award winning Orkney Brewery and Visitor Centre is within walking distance and their café / bar is open during the day (during the season) for light meals and refreshments and there is a shop where you can buy their beer and souvenirs.
- Skaill Bay – fabulous beach, lots of waders and some seals. Take a picnic and go for a paddle on a fine day. Great dog walk.
- Marwick Bay – take the road towards Birsay from Isbister’s shop to this fabulous bay. Park on the shore and walk half a mile south to the old fishermen’s huts or north up Marwick Head to see the Kitchener memorial and the myriads of sea birds that inhabit the cliffs. Good dog walks but watch the path as it goes close to the edge of steep cliffs on Marwick Head.
- Skara Brae. Amazing prehistoric village maintained by Historic Scotland.
Within fifteen minutes of Breck Cottage
- The Brough of Birsay, a causewayed island with Viking and Pictish remains, a lighthouse and great views. Good dog walk but not always accessible to dogs when the sheep are grazing free. Check for signs on the Brough.
- Skiba Geo and Fishermen’s huts. Park at the Brough of Birsay car park and walk eastwards along the cliff path to the lovely cove of Skiba Geo with its Viking boat nousts and fishermen’s hut. Seals and even otters and killer whales have been spotted on this walk. Good dog walk.
- Broch of Gurness. Historic Scotland archaeology site in Evie. Fascinating Iron Age broch overlooking the inner north isles of Rousay and Eynhallow.
Within half an hour of Breck Cottage
- Kirkwall. Orkney’s main town with a good selection of independent shops and supermarkets. Visit the cathedral and the harbour. Browse among the local shops for souvenirs – locally made jewellery is a real treat.
- Stromness. Take a gentle stroll along the narrow streets. Look out for the internationally famed Pier Arts Centre, the statue of Dr John Rae overlooking the harbour, welcoming pubs and cafes and peedie* craft shops selling local art and pottery. (*Peedie is the Orkney word for small or ‘wee’)
Within an hour of Breck Cottage
Just about everywhere on Mainland Orkney!
- Must see the Italian Chapel built by Italian prisoners of war on Lambs Holm
- Fab dog walks on the wide sands of Waulkmill Bay in Orphir on Scapa Flow – but check the tide is out first!
- Tomb of the Eagles at the southern tip of South Ronaldsay.
Take a ferry to one of the outer isles for a day trip – or even longer. Outer North isles ferries to Westray, Sanday, Eday, Stronsay and North Ronaldsay, also Shapinsay go from Kirkwall, Inner North isles ferry to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre go from Tingwall, the ferry to South isles Hoy and Flotta leaves from Houton. For more information visit Orkney Ferries, or phone on: +44 (0)1856 872044.
Take a seven seater Islander airplane to one or more of the north isles from Kirkwall Airport with Loganair.