Local Information

There is lots to see and do in Orkney and Oakdene/Strathaven is an ideal base for exploring all that Orkney has to offer.

Leisure

Golf

We are located very close to Orkney Golf Club which is only 1 mile away. They welcome guest players and have golf clubs available to hire.

Pickaquoy Centre

The Pickaquoy Centre is a first class sports, arts, conference and social facility, offering an excellent range of activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Shopping

Supermarkets

Just 1.8 miles away on Pickaquoy road there are three supermarkets to choose from: Tesco, Lidl, and the Co-Op.

Kirkwall Town Centre

Kirkwall town centre boasts a wide variety of independent shops, from boutique fashions, designer brands and locally designed clothing, to CDs and DVDs, jewellery, artisan bakeries, butchers, household goods and shoes.

Craft Trail

Orkney supports a thriving and varied crafts industry. From Orkney chairs, knitwear, felt work, paintings, photography, silverwear to woodwork, pottery to tapestry, the list is endless. Inspired by the beautiful Orcadian landscape and its fascinating history, the goods produced are unique and made to the very highest standard with pride and dedication.

For more information on crafts in Orkney visit these websites - http://www.orkneydesignercrafts.com and http://www.orkneyislands.info/crafts.html

World Heritage

Orkney has archaeology at every turn -

A visit to Orkney would hardly be complete without a trip to its many archeological sites.

Skara Brae

This exceptionally well-preserved Neolithic village is a maze of dwellings, all with stone beds, lintels, even cupboards still intact. Skara Brae is one of the most famous Neolithic sites in Northern Europe.

Standing Stones & The Ness of Brodgar

The Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle And Henge, which is part of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, is a spectacular stone circle. The ring is surrounded by a large circular ditch or henge.

Also on this same road is the Ness of Brodgar a site that has featured in various TV documentaries and is said to be older and more significant than Stonehenge.

More information on the Ness of Brodgar can be found at - http://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/

More information of archaeology in Orkney can be found at - http://www.orkney.com/about/history/archaeology

Nature

Orkney is a paradise for nature lovers, there is so much to experience. Sandy beaches to explore and the incredible wildlife to observe. Orkney is one of the best locations in the UK for bird-watching. The RSPB operates ten reserves in Orkney.

St Magnus Cathedral

St Magnus Cathedral Britain's most northerly Cathedral was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus.

The Cathedral in the centre of Kirkwall is open to all and has a visitor centre and website.

In the shadow of the cathedral stands the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces.

For more on Orkney's ancient history see the excellent Orkneyjar website.

20th Century History

Orkney figures prominently in both World Wars with much for anyone interested in this period to see -

Scapa Flow

Scapa Flow is where Admiral von Reuter ordered the scuttling of the German fleet at the end of WWI.

Churchill Barriers & Italian Chapel

During the second World War the Churchill barriers were constructed linking Burray and South Ronaldsay to Orkney Mainland.

The Churchill Barriers were constructed by Italian prisoners of war who also built the Italian Chapel with its remarkable hand painted interior featuring Madonna and Child.

Orkney Wireless Museum

Orkney Wireless Museum in Kirkwall, exhibiting an extensive and varied collection of domestic and defence wireless equipment.

Other

Great Orkney Tours

If you want to make sure that you don't miss any of the interesting features of Orkney take a guide tour with Great Orkney Tours.

Distilleries

Like Whisky? Then you'll love a tour of the Highland Park and Scapa Distillery.

Orkney Ba

If you're visiting over the New Year you won't want to miss the Orkney Ba. This event is unique to Orkney, but it's not for the faint hearted!

Car Hire

If you have not brought your own car and need to hire one during your stay we can recommend JD Peace.