Scotland's Highlands & Islands - Orkney & Shetland (PDF Chapter)
This is the Orkney & Shetland chapter from Lonely Planet’s Scotland’s Highlands & Is-lands guidebook.
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
- soaking up the glorious scenery of Hoy and make the hike to the spectacular Old Man of Hoy
- island-hopping the magical Northern Islands of Orkney, where crystal azure waters lap against glittering white-sand beaches
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Orkney, Kirkwall, East Mainland to South Ronaldsay, West & North Mainland, Stromness, Hoy, Northern Islands, Shetland, Lerwick, Bressay & Noss, Central & West Mainland, South Mainland, North Mainland, and The North Isles.
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