When the rain stops falling and the mist clears there is no more beautiful place on Earth than Scotland´s northernmost archipelagos, the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Leave the Scottish mainland and set foot on a land of ancient relics, deserted beaches and stunning wildlife. Norse settlers occupied these islands for centuries, making for a unique cultural mix of Scandinavian and Scottish influences. The guide gives you the information you need to get the most out of your trip; covering beautiful coastlines, mysterious ancient monuments, evocative bays and glorious wilderness, along with the best places to stay and eat and where to enjoy a wee dram of your favourite malt whiskey. Includes essentials section with indispensable information on getting around. Get off the beaten track and discover jaw-dropping scenery and experience real wilderness. Accommodation listings aplenty, plus where to eat and drink. Incl. streetmaps.