Top things to do

Museum in South Coast

Orkneyinga Saga Centre

This centre has displays relating to the Orkneyinga Saga, and an interesting video depicting some of the saga’s deeds. To get here follow signs for the Earl's Bu, which is adjacent.
Ruins in South Coast

Earl's Bu

Earl's Bu, in Orphir, has the foundations of a 12th-century manor house belonging to the Norse earls of Orkney. There are also the remains of St Nicholas’ Church, a unique circular building that was originally 9m in…
Beach in South Coast

Waulkmill Bay

If it’s sunny and you’re thinking about a picnic, head to Waulkmill Bay, between Kirkwall and Orphir. The huge sandy beach is perfect for strolling and there's bench seating with impressive views.