Saturday, December 16 2017

Orkney Activities

What Orkney has to offer within a 10 minute drive from the Smithfield hotel:

Archaeology: Skara Brae, Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness, Brough of Gurness, Brough of Birsay

Farm Museums: Kirbister and Corrigall

Trout Fishing: Boardhouse Loch, Harray Loch, Swannay Loch, Stenness Loch and Hundland Loch. Loch boat hire can be arranged.

Sea angling and diving can be arranged from Stromness.

RSPB Reserves: The Loons, Marwick Head, Birsay Moors

Walking and Cycling:

There are many coastline walks from Yesnaby where the rare Primula Scotica and rock formations can be found.  Seabirds at Marwick Head and the Brough of Birsay is particularly good for Puffin spotting.  Between the Palace Village and the Brough of Birsay seals are common, the sandy beaches and sea stacks are equally worth a look too.

The Smithfield offers a clothes drying facility and safe storage of bikes and equipment.

Shooting: Orkney offers the games man ideal sport with large numbers of geese flocking to the islands.

There are many other archaeology sites and places of interest to visit in Orkney and all within easy reach of the Smithfield Hotel.

There are many festivals held within Orkney including the popular Folk Festival, the international St Magnus Festival, the Beer Festival, the Science Festival and the Blues Festival just to name a few.

Orkney is renowned for arts and crafts and there are an abundance of small businesses on and off the Craft Trail to visit.

The islands agricultural shows features Orkneys finest livestock and produce and attracts many visitors to the island.

Dounby Amenities:

Pharmacy, GP Surgery, Butcher, Grocer, Hairdresser, Post Office, School Play Park, Bus Service, Taxi Service

 

Seals Swimming - Photo by Ann Marie Clouston

Fulmars nesting on the cliffs - Photo by Ann Marie Clouston

 

Geological formations at Yesnaby - Photo by Ann Marie Clouston

 

Hare - Photo by Ann Marie Clouston

 

Eider Ducks and Gulls - Photo by Ann Marie Clouston

 

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