Located to the far north of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland may lie beside each other, but their individual offerings are distinctly unique.
Orkney's allure is shrouded in the mystery of times past, from remains of early villages, to howes and stone circles, which are still being uncovered today. With deliciously tempting authentic food and drink, and the shimmering waters of Scapa Flow, Orkney's appeal is undeniable.
Just a little further north lies Shetland, an ideal spot for seeking out the northern lights in winter months, followed by the wonderous fire-lit skies of January's Up Helly Aa celebrations. The sunrises and sunsets are stunning, and the appeal of never reaching darkness in mid-summer leaves more time to explore the unreached and unseen.
Travel by NorthLink Ferries from Scrabster or Aberdeen.