The Atlas Obscura Guide To Orkney
12 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Orkney, Scotland
Updated September 30, 2021
Unusual Attractions in Orkney
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Stories About Orkney
Why Were These Mysterious Stone Orbs Stashed All Over Neolithic Britain?
Two new ones just turned up in a tomb on a remote Scottish island.
by Hannah Seo
The Female Archaeologists of the Scottish Orkneys Were Hiding in Plain Sight
The women in this century-old photo weren't visitors—they were probably scientists.
by Jessica Leigh Hester
The Uncertain Future of North Ronaldsay's Seaweed-Eating Sheep
Concerned islanders are rethinking old traditions to ensure the survival of this very special breed.
by Karen Gardiner