Historic Orkney in a Motorhome 

Historic Orkney in a Motorhome 

by Scottish Tourer March 04, 2021

Often people feel heading to the islands can complicate their holiday and therefore choose to play it safe and stay on the mainland. However there may be plenty to see and do on the mainland but Orkney opens up a whole new world to visitors frequent and first. Orkney is now very easily accessible by a short ferry trip from various points on the Mainland. Please see Orkney ferries for more information on how to book, regulations and prices. http://www.orkneyferries.co.uk/

Motorhome on the ferry crossing

Once over the water you have an array of places to visit. Orkney is full of history, culture, nature and scenic views. There are so many wild camp spots on Orkney you will never need to pay for a campsite unless you wish to. Park up your motorhome by a beach, get the BBQ out and discuss what you have seen that day. Orkney takes you back to basics and lets you spend that quality time with those you love. 

Motorhome parked at the beach

Embrace the culture, Orkcadians love to be involved in the community. They are an exceptionally friendly bunch of people which you will find when you frequent the many pubs, restaurants, cafes and infact anywhere on the island. You are sure to feel welcomed wherever you turn. If you respect their country they will in turn give you a taste into their island lifestyle. 

Where to visit? 

There are so many historical places on the island it is hard to condense them into one article. However we have decided to share with you the ones we found the most enjoyable on our trips to the island. 

  • Maeshowes Chambered Cairn. This is where you literally can take a step into one of the most incredible Neolithic buildings just a short distance from Kirkwall. This tomb sits on a platform and really is quite a view when you see it for the first time. It is encircled by a ditch and a bank, this is an insight into the talent, determination and sheer graft that the Orkney people had some 5000 years ago. 

 Maeshowes Chambered Cairn

  • Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle. Located just outside Stromness this is a sight to behold. This circular platform spans more than 100metres in diameter. Here you will find 21 stones still standing however there is believed to have been 60 at one point. Make sure you have you camera in hand as you wont want to miss a photo opportunity here. 

Ring of Brodgar Circle 

  • Skara Brae Historic Village. Is perhaps the most famous of historic areas and quite rightly so. Dating back over 5000 years ago this gives you an insight into how people lived in one of the best preserved settlements known to mankind. Its discovery is all thanks to a storm which started to uncover what lay beneath in 1850 and since then archaeologists have worked hard to uncover what else remains on this sight and what pieces of history can be discovered. They have erected a replica house to give you a better insight and the visitor centre provides you with a vast array of information and knowledge. Just beside the village you will find Skaill House which is also well worth a visit and it has connections with the discovery of the village, being the home to the man who discovered it. It was Orkney’s first mansion built in the 1620s and is very well preserved. 

Skara Brae Historic Village


  • Hackness Martello Tower and Battery. This was built as a defense in the 1800s to protect the British in convoys during the Napoleonic wars and has then been adapted throughout the years. This tower over looks scapa flow – the naval anchorage during both ward. Here you can feast your brain with facts about the military and how these buildings were utilised by the local people during these times. 

A very brief summary of some of the places we have visited as a family in a motorhome in Orkney. This list could be endless however we would encourage you to look before you visit Orkney and see where you plan to visit. This is to ensure that you make time to see everywhere and also so you don’t miss somewhere you would like to go. Within the cities themselves you will find cathedrals, museums and many places of interest. If it’s a quiet trip your after you will succeed here with the vast beaches, coasts, walks and generally relaxed way of life. Watch the livestock, wildlife and take in the ocean smells, noises and views. Orkney is a place we should all visit to truly appreciate. Please take a look at our website to book your next motorhome holiday with ourselves at www.scottishtourer.co.uk 

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