Vote on your favourite Orkney experience

What is your favourite Orkney experience?

Local people are being encouraged by Orkney Islands Council to vote on the best experiences that Scotland’s islands have to offer.

Being run by the Scottish National Rural Network, the ‘100 Best Things on Scotland’s Islands’ vote is part of Scotland’s Islands Year of Culture, a programme of events and activities planned to showcase the island’s vibrant cultures and creativity, natural environment and quality produce.

The Year of Scotland’s Islands aims to raise the profile of the islands across the UK and internationally, attract more visitors, bolster economic development and strengthen links between the islands and mainland cultural organisations.

The programme, which includes over 140 events across 42 islands, showcases the music, arts, food, sport, history and heritage of the islands, as well as highlighting their unique beauty as visitor destinations.

Orkney Experiences

A number of Orkney ‘experiences’ have already been nominated, including the scenic cliffs at Yesnaby and the Mull Head walk.

Scotland’s Islands Year of Culture has provided funding towards a number of events in Orkney this year including the Sanday Soulka, the Deerness in 100 objects exhibition and the Orkney Book Festival.

Council Convener, Stephen Hagan, said: “The 100 Best Things on Scotland’s Islands vote will provide an ideal showcase for the amazing experiences available in Orkney. For me it has to be a visit to St Magnus Cathedral, a magnificent, iconic building steeped in the history of our islands.”

“Scotland’s Islands has been a huge project which has boosted tourism within Orkney, and created a lasting legacy of collaboration and interaction with our fellow island communities.”

Scotland National Rural Network website editor Norette Ferns said, “We’re excited to be launching our 100 Best Things on Scotland’s Islands list. Whatever your favourite island experience is, we want to hear about it! We’re expecting well known attractions and hidden gems to make the list. We also expect to get many more than 100 comments and won’t put a limit on the number of contributions.”

You can add a comment on the 100 Best Things on Scotland’s Islands Forum at, on the Scottish National Rural Network Facebook page or tweet @SNRNwebsite using hashtag #scotislands100.

More information

The Scottish National Rural Network  – Add your comment on the Scotlands’ islands forum

Scotlands Islands – You can find out more about the celebration of Scotland’s island culture and details of events taking place.

The Scotland’s Islands initiative has been developed through a partnership of the six local authorities with island communities – Argyll and Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Shetland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Other supporters who have contributed to the funding of the programme include Highlands & Islands Enterprise, EventScotland, European Regional Development Fund, VisitScotland and Awards for All.