One of things I really like doing when I travel is learning about the history of the destination. I have a Masters degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, and obviously find it all fascinating. Plus, when you look at the history of the world on a broad scale, it really does link together. You’d never know it by looking at today’s news, but we have a lot more in common than we think. Of course, I’m not here to give a history lesson but more to share the history of Scotland’s Orkney Islands. Orcadian history spans from the Romans to the Picts, the Vikings, and finally the Scots. For such a small island chain in the middle of nowhere, it’s bursting with interesting history.
Whisky and winter go hand in hand, I often think, and no better way to kick off talking about Scotland’s Orkney Islands than by discussing Orcadian whisky! Did you know there are TWO distilleries in Orkney? They are both located on the mainland but are vastly different. More
Scotland holds a special place in my heart, and Scotland’s Orkney Islands do as well. This tiny archipelago at the top of the mainland is home to Neolithic ruins, World War II historical sites, award-winning distilleries, and incredible Norse heritage. The islands are easy to get around; there’s a dedicated ferry service to all inhabited islands. The Orkney Islands are also super easy to get to, on daily flights from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness.
I know I’ve talked about Scotland’s Orkney Islands before, but I want to go a little more in depth this week! Check back at 10am each day for a post about this fascinating destination!
By far one of my favourite solo trips with a short two and a half day trip to the Orkney Islands, a quick hop from Scotland’s north coast. Because my background lies in history and culture, I was fascinated by the extensive prehistoric sites. Like the Shetland Islands, Orkney has a very strong Norse culture.
As a lover of remote, windswept islands, I’ve long known where Scotland’s Shetland Islands are, but for many they’re just another North Atlantic island chain. However, this small archipelago is a rare bird paradise (ok, Arctic bird paradise), a hiker’s dream destination, and if you like to explore shipwrecks you will find plenty of them here. More
Scotland’s Outer Hebrides are a 210 mile long series of barrier islands on the west coast of the Scottish mainland. They range in environment and geology from the rugged mountains of the isles of Lewis and Harris to the machair and low-lying marshes of the Uists and the white sandy beaches of Vatersay and Barra.
Scotland’s Inner Hebrides are a group of islands only a short distance from Scottish mainland. Together with the Outer Hebrides, the islands make up around 44,000 of the entire Scottish population and encompass around 200 islands. Only about 50 of these are inhabited. More
Scotland’s islands are gorgeous places! They encompass almost all ecosystems within Scotland, from stunning white beaches to mountains. There are four major island groups within Scotland, the Inner Hebrides, the Outer Hebrides, Orkney, and Shetland.
Today’s Scottish Highlands focus is on Inverness. Long known namely for the monster that bears its name, the town is a thriving artistic city with plenty of exciting things to do. Today, many will know the city because of the hit show Outlander.