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Noup Head lighthouse in Westray, Orkney

Hello and welcome to the March newsletter from

Keep reading for the latest on life here in the islands. We have our monthly events preview, our regular wildlife focus and we showcase the work of another talented local photographer too.

You can always find out more about Orkney via the Visit Orkney website, and remember to follow us on social media too.

Ness of Brodgar dig dates announced


If you’re planning a visit to Orkney during the summer then a trip to the fascinating Ness of Brodgar excavation should be at the top of your list. The 2018 dig dates have been announced, with daily free tours available at the sprawling archaeological site between July 4th and August 22nd. The tours provide expert insight into the excavation, and you’ll get the chance to see archaeologists at work amongst the remains of the Neolithic complex too. Find out more via our blog.
The Vat of Kirbister in Stronsay


Set sail for your own deserted island!

Island hopping is one of the best things about a trip to Orkney. Now you can tick another island off your list with a special boat trip to the uninhabited Holm of Papay, which comes complete with its own underground Neolithic tomb! Regular trips to the Holm from nearby Papa Westray give visitors the chance to see fantastic wildlife, beautiful scenery and explore the 5,000-year-old chambered cairn too. Watch our video below and read all about it on the Visit Orkney website.

Take a boat trip to the uninhabited Holm of Papay in Orkney for archaeological and wildlife delights!

Meet Orkney’s creative collective


Some of the finest artistic talents in Orkney have come together to showcase their work and the importance of connections in island communities. MOTI, a collective of locally-based artists, has members from all artistic backgrounds and launched its first exhibition of 2018 in the Pier Arts Centre recently. The main aim of MOTI is to provide support and encouragement and create a shared platform for their work. Find out more about this unique group on

Join us on Instagram


Follow Visit Orkney on Instagram to see some beautiful images of the islands. We share shots from around Orkney every week – and you can join in too. Tag your own images so we can share your Orkney journey. Use #VisitOrkney and #LoveOrkney to keep in touch.
It might not feel like it right now, but spring is on the way! Find out what’s happening across Orkney this month as we hopefully wave goodbye to winter!
The view from Ness Battery in Orkney


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March is a fantastic time to get out and about and enjoy Orkney’s wildlife. Join local expert Alison Nimmo for her monthly update.
Brown hare in fields in Orkney


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Our featured photographer for March is Jenny Lindgren, who finds her camera drawn to the long, lingering daylight during Orkney’s summer months.
Houses on the shore in Stromness, Orkney


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March's featured attraction takes us across the Churchill Barriers to South Ronaldsay, and a beautiful bay with a tragic past.
Windwick bay in Orkney


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And finally…


Thank you for taking the time to read our latest newsletter – hopefully there has been something to inspire you to make a visit to Orkney, for a short trip or a more permanent stay.

We’re always keen to hear from you too - share your news, views and comments on the newsletter, and your Orkney experiences with us on FacebookTwitterInstagram or E-mail.

In the meantime, it's cheerio from Orkney, for now.

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