Kirkwall has a vibrant town centre. There are historic buildings, museums and a leisure centre with cinema, swimming and leisure pools, fitness and health suites, squash courts and other sports facilities.
Orkney is a group of beautiful islands and best explored at your own pace whether experiencing the amazing natural history first–hand or exploring Orkney’s world renowned archeology. There’s plenty things to keep the family amused, including stunning beaches, Festivals, live music, sport and wonderful local food and drink to enjoy.
Orkney is a paradise for nature lovers, there is so much to experience. Cliff–top walks, sandy beaches to explore and the incredible wild–life to observe. Orkney is one of the best locations in the UK for bird-watching. The RSPB operates ten reserves in Orkney.
St. Magnus cathederal is awe inspiring. Orkney has been home to humans for thousands of years. From Orkney’s Neolithic settlers to the bronze & iron ages to the Pictish peoples and Vikings and into the modern age, and two World wars, there is a wealth of archeology and heritage to discover. Orkney has become World famous for its well preserved historic sites like Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar, the Broch of Gurness and the Tomb of the Eagles. Orkney is also home to the world famous St. Magnus cathedral, which is about 2 minutes walk from Sunrise apartment. The World wars of the 20th century also left there marks famously on Orkney with the Churchill barriers, the German fleet scuttled in Scapa flow and the Italian chapel. The visitor centre at Lyness on the island of Hoy offers a glimpse back into the troubled 20th century.
Festivals and culture
Orkney is renowned for its love of music. There are several active and well supported festivals hosted in Orkney including the St.Magnus festival, the Orkney folk festival, the Orkney Science festival and many more exhibitions of art, music, drama and poetry.
Free trout fishing and sea angling makes Orkney an attractive destination for anglers of all abilities. Sailing is catered for with Kirkwall and Stromness providing marinas for visiting yachts.
Food & drink
Orkney is renowned for its quality food and drink including sea food, beef and lamb, cheese, Orkney beers, Highland Park and Scapa whisky, wine and local favourite bannocks. There are many fine restaurants & pubs in Orkney that serve all this produce in imaginative and exciting ways.