Orkney is an archipelago 10 kilometres north of the coast of Caithness. Orkney comprises approximately 70 islands of which 20 are inhabited.The largest island, known as the "Mainland" has an area of 523.25 square kilometres making it the sixth largest Scottish Island and the tenth largest island in the British isles.
There are a great number of archaeological sites throughout the islands with the Knap of Howar on Papa Westray being the ‘oldest dwelling house in the UK’. On Mainland Orkney the sites of Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae were given World Heritage Status, and these are some of the most visited attractions in Orkney. There are many other sites to visit and explore from Neolithic tombs and dwellings to Pictish brochs and Viking settlements.