A trip to the islands is a must when venturing to Orkney. The outer islands are serviced by regular air and ferry services, and Orkney Ferries operates from Kirkwall Harbour, sailing to Westray, Papa Westray, Stronsay, Eday, Sanday, Shapinsay and North Ronaldsay.

From Houton in Orphir, you can sail to Hoy and Flotta and, from Stromness, you can travel to Graemsay and North Hoy.

From Tingwall, the ferry sails to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre, and you can fly to six of the isles — Westray, Papa Westray, Stronsay, Sanday, Eday and North Ronaldsay.

Use our interactive map to find out more about each of the islands you can explore while you visit Orkney.

Click on an island to find out more.