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Scotland - Orkney & Shetland Islands (Chapter)

8th Edition Feb 2015

This is the Orkney & Shetland Islands chapter from Lonely Planet's Scotland guidebook.

Up here at Britain's top end it can feel more Scandinavian than Scottish, and no wonder. For the Vikings, the jaunt across the North Sea from Norway was as easy as a stroll down to the local mead hall and they soon controlled these windswept, treeless archipelagos, laying down longhouses alongside stony remains of ancient prehistoric settlements.

  • shaking your head in astonishment at extraordinary Skara Brae and Maes Howe, prehistoric perfection that predates the pyramids
  • maps
  • island-hopping the magical Northern Islands of Orkney, where crystal azure waters lap against glittering white-sand beaches
  • transport
  • exploring the scenic majesty of Hoy and - for serious rock climbers - scaling the Old Man there
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Orkney Islands, Kirkwall, East Mainland, South Ronaldsay, West & North Mainland, Stromness, Hoy, Northern Islands, Shetland Islands, Lerwick, Bressay & Noss, Central & West Mainland, South Mainland, North Mainland and the North Isles.

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