Wow, thank you all for all the good information! Looks like I will be taking a two day, one night visit to the island!
I think my favorites were Maeshowe and the Ring of Brodgar. I liked Skara Brae, too, but it was very wet and windy and cold when we were there at the end of June — like winter in Texas! Dress in layers and bring your waterproofs. Weather changes very fast in Orkney.
Orkneyjar is a great website all about Orkney, too: http://www.orkneyjar.comEdited: 19 January 2017, 16:13
txtravelboo, just to confuse you, the 'island' you are visiting is not referred to by the locals as an island, it's the Orkney 'Mainland'. As in the mainland of the Orkney Isles. Most of the sites you'll be visiting are on the West Mainland. When an Orcadian refers to the Mainland, they don't mean the great big lump of most of the rest of Britain to the south!Edited: 19 January 2017, 16:26
after clicking on the link for the ferries, it seems to me there is only an early ferry and then a late afternoon ferry which necessitates an overnite stay before visiting any sites. is this correct?
Which link do you mean #14? There are four ferry routes to Orkney plus flights - one ferry, however, from John O'Groats is high season only and only for foot passengers.
You can get a 5pm ferry from Aberdeen, arriving 11pm (Northlink Ferries) - does not operate daily . You can choose from several daily sailings between Scrabster and Stromness (Northlink Ferries), or several daily sailings between Gills Bay and St Margaret's Hope (Pentland Ferries).
can u tell me about your two day/one nite tour? cost? does it include overnite lodging?