Royal Naval Association Orkney
The Royal Navy Association: Orkney Branch a website dedicated to all things Royal Navy relating to serving and ex Navy personnel in Orkney.
Imperial War Museums
The Imperial War Museums’ website is a key starting point for anyone researching or just interested in the way that various conflicts have shaped our lives from the First World War to preset day.
Interested in a bit of tunnelling? Then look no further than the Subterranea Britannica website where you will find everything you could want to know about underground Britain from military defences to nuclear bunkers, mines to railway tunnels and everything in between.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) collects, records and interprets information on the architectural, industrial, archaeological and maritime heritage of Scotland. This is the website provides searchable access to huge database of historical data on buildings and monuments in Scotland.
On the outskirts of Stromness, just a short walk from the town, stands Ness Battery. This important relic of Orkney’s wartime heritage once defended Scapa Flow against enemy attack, and after being closed for many years it finally opens to the public in Spring 2012. Visit the Ness Battery website for full details.
Aviation Research Group Orkney & Shetland
The aim of A.R.G.O.S is to document all aspects of aviation history on and around the Orkney and Shetland Isles. Visit their website atwww.crashsiteorkney.com for more information.
Orkney Defence Interest Network
The website of the Orkney Defence Interest Network represents a group set up to highlight the importance of Orkney wartime heritage.
Getting to Orkney
The quickest way to get to Orkney is to fly to Kirkwall with Loganair. You can fly from many airports around the UK. Flights from Scottish airports – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness are daily. www.loganair.co.uk
Airport Parking Shop
Find the best car parking prices online for over 300 car parks at 29 airports including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Gatwick, Heathrow and so on. www.airport-parking-shop.co.uk
For a more luxurious ferry journey to Orkney travel from Scrabster to Stomness on the Northlink ferry. Journey takes approx. 1hr 30 mins and runs daily sailings. Visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk for more information.
This is a very popular short sea crossing from Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope, running daily sailings. Visit www.pentlandferries.co.uk for more information.
Accommodation en route to Orkney
Pennyland House: Bed & Breakfast – Thurso
Pennyland House is a three storey building dating back over two hundred years. Built in 1780 it is historically noted for being the birthplace of Sir William Alexander Smith, the founder of the Boys Brigade.
The house is located on the edge of Thurso in a quiet, but convenient location and boasts wonderful views of the Orkney Islands, Scrabster and Thurso Bay.
Pennyland House, close to the Northlink ferry terminal, is ideally located as a stop-over on your way to Orkney.
Mey House near Castle Mey on the Scottish Mainland
Mey House provides luxury 5 star accommodation, panoramic ocean views & is perfectly located, on the ‘North Coast 500’ route, for visiting Orkney or The Castle of Mey.
With the biggest beds, sumptuous bathrooms and a superb à la carte breakfast, you can be sure a night spent at Mey House will be an experience to remember.
Accommodation in Orkney
Outbrecks: Self Catering Accommodation.
If your looking for somewhere to stay whilst visiting Orkney than have a look at the Outbrecks Self Catering Accommodation website where you will find details about their 4 Star Visit Scotland rated accommodation in Stenness, Orkney. Adrian and Lesley Francis provide excellent customer service and dogs are welcome!
Straigona Bed and Breakfast
Straigona is a purpose built Bed and Breakfast (B&B) located in Tankerness with stunning views over fields to Inganess Bay and the island of Shapinsay. It enjoys the best of both worlds, being semi-rural but only minutes away from the airport and Kirkwall. Julie and Mike provide clients with an excellent service.
2 Dundas Crescent
2 Dundas Crescent, a former 19th century manse that was built in 1877 for the minister of the Church of Scotland. It is now a four bedroom bed and breakfast, three of which have en-suites and one that has its own private shower room. All fixtures and furnishings are of a very high standard. Ruth and Edgar are great hosts!
Avalon House is a purpose built Guest House. Owned and run by Jane and Alastair MacDonald with years of experience in the tourism industry. Home cooking, home comforts and a warm welcome await you at Avalon House. All rooms are non-smoking, en-suite with king size beds and memory foam mattresses. Every room has digital TV and wireless broadband access.
Karrawa Guest House
Karrawa Guest House is a family run establishment and excellent guest house. Albert & Aileen invite you to share and enjoy their hospitality. They provide a high standard of accommodation for visitors and travellers alike. Great location and easily accessible. Please see their website for further details: www.karrawaguesthouseorkney.co.uk
Benmora bed and breakfast is situated in a quiet area of Kirkwall, yet is only 5 minutes walk from the town centre and overlooks the marina and harbour.
Ferry Inn and Harbourside House, in Stromness, Orkney.
Situated on the harbour front in Orkney’s gateway port, the Ferry Inn provides an ideal base for business or leisure stays, great all day food and a cracking community bar.
Kirkareth is a spacious Norwegian Style family house located in a stunning elevated position with panoramic views across the shores of Scapa Flow, located on the island of South Ronaldsay, connected to mainland Orkney by the famous Churchill Barriers.
The Lookout is a newly renovated cottage in a stunning elevated position with beautiful panoramic views across the shores of Scapa Flow. It is situated on the outskirts of St. Margaret’s Hope in a quiet, peaceful location.
The Inn Guest House B&B
The INN Guest House offers high quality Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the Orkney Islands. Situated on the waterfront of the picturesque village of St Mary’s in the parish of Holm, the INN was originally built in the 1830’s as an Inn for the farmers to stay in whilst waiting for the boats to the South Isles after a day at market.
Brinkies Guest House
Based in Stromness, Brinkies Guest House is available for bookings all year round.
Orkney Marina’s and Boat Trips
Sailing to and around the Orkney islands is an excellent way to explore all that Orkney has to offer! Orkney Marinas have modern, sheltered facilities and you can expect friendly help and service from staff, volunteers and local sailors. Orkney Marinas is run as a professional, not-for-profit organisation for its visitors.
Dawn Star Boat Trips
With Dawn Star Boat Trips you can experience the famous naval harbour of Scapa Flow at a relaxed pace. Through our informative commentaries, discover its history, its importance in the two world wars, its seabirds and its wildlife.