About the Orkney Islands

Anyone who has ever visited Orkney has left with fond memories of the gentle pace of life and the friendliness of the Orcadians. Combine that with clean air, breathtaking scenery and 5,000 years of history and Orkney is the ideal setting for a perfect wedding and a romantic honeymoon.

You may choose to stroll along the sandy beaches, admire the spectacular cliffs and rolling waves or see the wildlife, birds and wild flowers in their natural habitat. Orkney is a paradise for photographers and artists, with scenery providing a huge variety of colour, particularly with the summer sunsets.

If you enjoy archaeology, then a visit to the well-preserved village of Skara Brae is a must. Dating back more than 5,000 years, it stands on the sandy beach of Skaill in Sandwick. In Stenness, visit the Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones and the tomb of Maeshowe.

There is the opportunity to sample some of the world's finest food and drink in the many restaurants, hotels and coffee shops. We have many award-winning products such as beef and seafood; cheese, ice cream and fudge; beer and wines, and of course, Highland Park whisky. Imagine your wedding guests dining on the finest food during your reception!

On the Craft Trail you are welcomed into the homes and workshops of local craftspeople. You can see beautiful handcrafted pieces made from pottery, wood and glass, as well as knitwear, textiles and paintings. Why not design your own wedding ring or special piece of jewellery and see it made especially for you?

With a wealth of indoor and outdoor wedding venues to choose from, Orkney is ideal for your marriage ceremony no matter the size. Picture yourself getting married in the splendour of the Viking St Magnus Cathedral, or in the romantic Italian Chapel with its poignant history or even next to the stones at The Ring of Brodgar on a summer's day.

Whatever your interest, there is something here for you. Orkney has a unique character and charm and we are certain if you choose to have your wedding in Orkney you will not be disappointed.