The Atlas Obscura Guide To Orkney
12 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Orkney, Scotland
Updated September 30, 2021
Unusual Attractions in Orkney
In partnership with KAYAK
Plan Your Trip
In partnership with GetYourGuide
Unforgettable Experiences Nearby
Atlas Obscura Trips
Scotland : Highland Clans and the Trail of Tartan
Explore Orkney, Scotland
Join the Ranks!Add an unusual place to Orkney.
Join the Ranks!Improve the Atlas with edits and photos.
Join the Ranks!Visit a place in Orkney.
Recent Orkney Activity
wants to go to Old Man of Hoy
wants to go to Cuween Hill Cairn
wants to go to Brough of Birsay
wants to go to The Stones of Stenness
has been to Old Man of Hoy
Stories About Orkney
Why Were These Mysterious Stone Orbs Stashed All Over Neolithic Britain?
Two new ones just turned up in a tomb on a remote Scottish island.
by Hannah Seo
The Female Archaeologists of the Scottish Orkneys Were Hiding in Plain Sight
The women in this century-old photo weren't visitors—they were probably scientists.
by Jessica Leigh Hester
The Uncertain Future of North Ronaldsay's Seaweed-Eating Sheep
Concerned islanders are rethinking old traditions to ensure the survival of this very special breed.
by Karen Gardiner