They first made these islands home 5,000 years ago and left behind traces of a startling civilisation that featured ambitious temples, sophisticated villages and stunning monuments inspired by the moon and the sun that continue to inspire deep awe today, much as they must have done then.
Scotland is an attractive destination for many reasons, including its history, remarkable scenery, its haggis and, of course, its famous whisky. However…
Local residents, businesses and organisations in Orkney are being asked for their views on Orkney’s World Heritage Site as part of a community consultation on its future management.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney site gaining World Heritage status from UNESCO. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney site — which was granted world heritage status by UNESCO in 1999 — is comprised of Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Stone of Stenness, the Watchstone, the Barnhouse Stone and the Ring of …
A £60,000 research project is to be undertaken to create a ‘Neolithic Landscapes of the Dead’ chambered tomb trail in Orkney.
Scotland has almost 800 islands spread out around its long coastline and each of them has its own distinct appeal. In fact, the land formations have inspired great works of literature—Nineteen Eighty-Four and Treasure Island, to name two—and have influenced everything from fashion—Harris Tweed and Fair Isle come from the islands—to distilling—whiskey distilleries are scattered throughout them. Each island has uniquely evolved in its isolation and no two are quite alike. So, without further ado, here are some of Scotland’s best islands to visit.
The best things to see in Scotland’s Orkney Islands are UNESCO-listed sites—here’s a guide to top sites, hotels, and what to know before you go.
Experts say rising seas and higher rainfall mean the Neolithic sites are “extremely vulnerable”.
This Orkney Islands saga is an engaging account of cutting-edge technology at the geographical margins.
THEY rank as some of Scotland’s greatest treasures, providing a priceless glimpse into a past which would otherwise be lost in the mists of time.
A world-renowned stone circle in Orkney which is more the 4,000 years old has been vandalised.
It is one of the most prized archaeological sites in the world.
Don’t be fooled by its size: for a small country, Scotland punches well above its weight. Shrouded in history and folklore, blessed with breathtaking landscape and populated by charming people with an accent that’s almost as indecipherable as it is utterly charming. See these things to see and do in Scotland.
Sail with Viking Cruises to Norway and the UK. This “Into the Midnight Sun” travelogue explores the 15-day itinerary, scenic destinations, and shore excursions.
“Scotland Slowly” is the perfect name for a leisurely Adventure Canada expedition cruise to the outer islands of Scotland.
Today is UNESCO’s World Heritage Day 2018, aka the International Day for Monuments and Sites. If you like travelling around and looking at stupendously beautiful things rooted in your country’s history, this is the day for you. And what better way to celebrate it than planning your next trip to one of the listed Unesco World Heritage sites? Beats spending your summer in front of Netflix. But just how many World Heritage Sites are there on the planet? And how many are in the UK? Are there any near you?
There are a grand total of 1,073 Unesco World Heritage Sites across the globe. Of those, 832 are cultural (like the Great Wall of China), 206 are natural (like Yellowstone National Park in America) and 35 are a mixture of both (like Mouth Athos in Greece). Sadly, 54 of them are classified as ‘in danger’ of being changed irrevocably and lost to history, due to problems like war, logging, mining or plans to build new developments. In the United Kingdom and its territories, there are 31 World Heritage Sites.
Orkney history of human life dates back 12,000 years. This remote Unesco World Heritage site offers a fascinating insight into human development through the ages.
Wilderness Guide and Orkney expert, Lorraine Mccall reveals the basics of ancient Orkney history throughout the Neolithic period.
The Orkney archipelago is a unique mixture of ancient and modern. These magical islands are a dream for archaeologists, birdwatchers, historians, divers, storytellers, and those who love beaches and wild open spaces. They played an important part in both the first and second world wars and more recently have been at the forefront of developments in wave and tidal power.
The Neolithic Heart of Orkney is a Unesco World Heritage site and it is this great heritage that we are going to look at in more detail:
12000 years ago the last ice age was in retreat. With the retreat of the ice came the arrival of the Hunter Gatherers from the south. It may have been possible to walk from the British Mainland on to Orkney during this process. At this time Orkney was not an archipelago but one island.