Last year, Victoria Chanter from Epsom was the lucky winner of The Orkney Islander Magazine’s bumper 30th edition competition — and she had a whale of a time in Orkney!

Along with a friend, Elaine Wolfe, Victoria flew to the islands in February, courtesy of Loganair, and picked up a car for the duration of her stay, thanks to Drive Orkney.

The pair enjoyed a luxury stay with dinner, bed and breakfast at Kirkwall’s Lynnfield Hotel, before heading off to the west Mainland, for a hot-tub break at top class Grukalty Self Catering.

Judith Glue provided a peedie hamper, so that Victoria and Elaine could sample the finest of Orkney goodies — and they even got the weather!

“We had a truly wonderful time exploring stunning Orkney,” Victoria said.

“Thank you to everyone at the Orkney Islander magazine, The Orcadian, the Lynnfield Hotel and Restaurant, Grukalty self-catering cottage, Judith Glue and the Real Food Cafe,  Drive Orkney and Loganair who made our wonderful trip possible and so special.

“The highlight of our trip was watching the Northern Lights on a still, clear night with the sound of whales singing in the background,” Victoria says.

“We took a great roadtrip from Birsay all the way down to the connected South Isles, taking in the natural beauty, the breathtaking wildlife and the wide expanses.

“We sampled a variety of wonderful Orkney food and drink, including Orkney beef, fudge, seafood and even a pattie supper!

“We spent many hours exploring the pristine, white beaches staring out to the bluest sea we’d ever seen and long walks along the cliff tops. The weather was gorgeous — bright sun and little wind, for the vast majority of our stay.

“On the one day we had rain, we took the opportunity to stroll through Kirkwall’s historic streets and to sample the tearooms, cafes and shops.”

Victoria has fallen head over heels for Orkney — so much so that she plans to relocate here with her family in August!


The new edition of the Orkney Islander Magazine is out now, and this year, we’ve teamed up with NorthLink Ferries, Northlight Apartments and Buster’s Diner, to offer readers the chance to win a short break for a family of four.

The prize includes:

  • Travel to and from Orkney with NorthLink Ferries with your car (in a standard cabin on overnight routes) either from Scrabster or Aberdeen.
  • Two nights’ luxury accommodation courtesy of NorthLight Apartments in Kirkwall (Nov 18 to March 19 — excusing December 22-January 5, 2019).
  • A family meal ay Kirkwall’s themed restaurant, Buster’s Diner.

To enter, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

The Castle O’ Burrian in Westray is often cited as the best place to spot which brightly-coloured beaked bird?

Email your entry to competitions@orkneyislandermagazine.co.uk or fill in the form HERE by September 30th, 2018.

*All elements of the prize are subject to availability, and there are no cash alternatives. The price cannot be sold or given to an alternative party.