Self-Catering Orkney Cottages
Orkney is a group of 70 islands off the Northern tip of Scotland. It is easy to travel to Orkney either by plane from Aberdeen or ferry service from the ports of either Aberdeen or Thurso. You’ll find quaint Orkney holiday cottages dotted around little fishing villages evoking images of a unique Orcadian lifestyle with wonderful craft work and superb food.
The largest island, known as ‘the mainland’, is home to most of the total 20,000 population but the main north islands of Shapinsay, Gairsay, Stronsay, Wyre, Rousay, Egilsay, Eday, Sanday, Westray, Papa Westray and North Ronaldsay and the south islands of Graemsay, Hoy, South Walls, Burray, Flotta and South Ronaldsay are also populated. A few other small islands also have permanent or seasonal residents.
Although Burray and South Ronaldsay are islands, they are connected to the Orkney mainland by causeways called the Churchill barriers, which were built in the 1940s. Likewise, South Walls is connected to Hoy via a causeway called The Ayre.