Skara Brae is a stone built Neolithic settlement located at the Bay of Skaill. It consists of 8 clustered houses and was occupied from 3180BC - 2500BC.

The Brough of Birsay is an uninhabited tidal island off the north west coast of the Mainland. The earliest settlement was in the 6th Century by Christian missionaries. In the background is the Loch of Boardhouse where the Barony Hotel is situated on the shoreline.

The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village overlooking Eynhallow Sound. Settlement began somewhere between 500 and 200BC and lasted until 100AD when it was abandoned and the ditches filled in. The site continued to be used until the 8th century.

Kitchener's Memorial is a crenellated tower built by public subscription in 1926 to honour the memory of Lord Kitchener. He along with 554 officers and men died when HMS Hampshire sank off the Marwick coast on 5th June 1916.

The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle 104m in diameter and is the 3rd largest in Britain. It is thought to have been erected between 2500BC and 2000BC.

Travelling to the Barony hotel

By Air
Fly Be (0871 700 2000) operate a daily service from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow & Edinburgh to Kirkwall Airport.

By Sea
Northlink Ferries (0845 6000 449) sail from Scrabster to Stromness 3 times a day. They sail from Aberdeen to Kirkwall 4 times a week in the summer. You require Photo I.D. for boarding.
Pentland Ferries (0800 688 8998) sail from Gill’s Bay to St Margaret’s Hope 3 times a Day.

By Road
Follow the A9 north from Inverness to Thurso and on to Scrabster.

By Rail
Scotrail (0845 601 5929) have a service from Inverness to Thurso daily.