Is a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of the Mainland. Consisting of a cluster of ten houses. As well as the settlement there is a visitor centre and the stunning bay itself to enjoy.
The old man of Hoy is a 449-foot sea stack on Hoy. Formed from Old Red Sandstone, it is one of the tallest stacks in the United Kingdom. The Old Man is popular with climbers, and was first climbed in 1966.
You will also be able to enjoy the rest of the amazing Hoy coastline following a track that takes you out to a vantage point overlooking the Old Man. You can continue north along the coast to reach the summit of St John’s Head – at 335m, the highest vertical sea cliff in the UK.
With wild swimming being so popular and a great all round experience, I wanted to share with you some of our much loved spots so that you can enjoy the cold water thrills of Orkneys coastline.
“Our menu is a modern take on Orkney’s world class seafood and meat, with a vibrant fusion of European and Asian flavours and techniques. We also offer a pleasing selection of drinks, with a wine list exclusive to the islands.”
“Authentic Thai cuisine, fresh and healthy”
Bespoke seasonal grazing boards, Pavlova cakes and more.
“Sociable, relaxed small plate dining, accompanied by craft beers and delicious cocktails”
“Take a pew in the Kirk Café and enjoy some sensational food. It’s the perfect place to savour delicious Orkney fare as you consider that special purchase”
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“Authentic Japanese takeaway based in Kirkwall, offering seasonal bento boxes and sushi platters”
“We always have our famous Hand Dived Orkney Scallops on our menu, Orkney beef, lamb and seafood are also big favourites with locals and visitors.”
“The Orkney Distillery is a versatile hub for both locals and visitors to learn about how we craft our award winning range of gins by joining our distillery tours, or just to sit and relax after a day of sight seeing either in our distillery bar, or Oot The Back! We’re always sure to have quirky cocktails, locally sourced beers and the odd pop up foodie event through out the year to encourage visitors.”
The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness houses a Collection of British fine art including works by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, as well as local artists such as Sylvia Wishart and Stanley Cursiter alongside contemporary artists Sean Scully & Eva Rothschild. The Centre also curates a year round pro-gramme of exhibitions & events. Full details at:
Then there is the famous North Coast 500 route. Bringing together a route of just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery in the far north of Scotland, the North Coast 500 is one of the most spectacular journeys you can drive in the world. It follows along the coastal edges of the more northern highlands of Scotland including the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness-shire. The NC 500 starts and ends at Inverness Castle and if you’re lucky- you may get to spot Nessie – our very own mythical legend. With all it’s beauty and wow factors along the way, its no wonder that this route is described by many independent sources as the best road trip on the planet.
Scotland is famed for its warm welcome, awesome landscapes, vibrant culture, rich heritage, myths and legends.
As Martin Dorey writes in his book ‘Take the Slow Road Scotland’
“If anywhere is perfect for a road trip it is Scotland. It has great distances, great views, great people and some of the greatest landscapes in the UK”.
It has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. From its deepest loch, to its highest mountain, to its oldest building, there is nowhere quite like Scotland.
Eagles, ospreys, and red squirrels live in its forrests. Whales, dolphins, otters and seals swim in its seas.
Exploring the capital or discovering Scotlands remote destinations you are guaranteed a memorable trip.
It’s not just about the scenery
Readers of Rough Guides voted Scotland the ‘worlds most welcoming country and favourite destination’. Whether propping up a bar in Edinburgh, or trekking the hills of GlenCoe, you’re sure to feel a warm Scottish welcome from whoever you meet.
A road trip in Scotland is without doubt the best way to explore the ‘most beautiful country in the world’ as voted for by renowned travel guide, Rough Guide.
Island hopping in Scotland
Take your Staycation Scotland campervan to the Isle of Skye and visit some of the most breath taking sights you’ll ever see.
Scotland – also known as the ‘home of golf’ has some of the most famous golf courses in the world. It’s currently home to over 550 courses, 67 of those being in Edinburgh and 94 in Glasgow! Even the islands in the north of Scotland have 14 golf courses between them! This makes it easy for anyone who enjoys the sport to play on the weekend without the need to travel long distance. There are lots of routes of incredible golf courses to play while travelling in one of our campervans!