The Orkney Islands are a fabulous destination; located 30 miles north of the UK mainland. There’s a wealth of historical sites such as Skara Brae, a 5,000 year old village which was buried under sand and preserved nearly intact, and The Ring of Brodgar; a circle of standing stones, some standing nearly 5 metres tall. From more recent times, there’s the Italian Chapel, which was built by Italian Prisoners of War from scrap material and the massive St Magnus Cathedral, dedicated to a Viking Earl, from a time when the islands were ruled by Norway. Orkney boasts green, rolling fields bordered by huge seascapes, trout filled lochs, bird filled skies and safe places for children. There are brilliant festivals and shows, the sunken fleet at Scapa Flow, golf at midnight in mid-summer, Orcadian music and crafts and of course spectacular wildlife. The pace of life is slower, more relaxed, and the air is clean and the local food delicious! When you travel to Orkney, you’ll pass the amazing landmark – the Old Man of Hoy, a 450 foot sea stack!