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Scotland - Orkney & Shetland (PDF Chapter)

9th Edition Apr 2017

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

Up here at Britain’s top end it can feel more Scandinavian than Scottish. An ancient magic hovers in the air above Orkney and Shetland, endowing them with an allure that lodges firmly in the soul. These islands reward the journey.

  • shake your head in astonishment at Skara Brae, extraordinary prehistoric perfection that predates the pyramids
  • maps
  • sense the gulf of years in Maeshowe, the ancient prehistoric tomb enlivened by later Viking graffiti
  • transport
  • soak up the glorious Hoy scenery and make the hike to the spectacular Old Man of Hoy
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Orkney, Kirkwall, West & North Mainland, Stromness, Hoy, Northern Islands, Shetland, Lerwick, Bressay & Noss, Scalloway, South Mainland, North Mainland and The North Isles.

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