Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands are an archipelago of over 70 islands some 10 miles off the northern tip of Scotland. They've been settled since the Neolithic period, and a remarkable collection of standing stones, early settlements and burial cairns remain, with the area listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands, which lie off the north tip of mainland . Photo: Chmee2, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is a port on Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY 2.0.

is the second largest of the Orkney Islands. The name means "high" and it's hilly and sparsely populated. Photo: Postdlf, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is one of the smaller Orkney Islands, a short ferry ride from Mainland Orkney, with its main settlement at the village of Balfour. Photo: Purplebaron, Public domain.

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is a small island, part of Scotland's Orkney Islands. Photo: RoryCB, CC BY 2.0.

is the most southerly of the Orkney Islands, with its main settlement being St Margaret's Hope. Photo: Nachosan, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is one of the Orkney Islands, north of the Scottish mainland. Photo: Jonesl84, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is one of the Orkney Islands north of mainland Scotland. Photo: Kristel Jeuring, CC BY 2.0.

is in the Orkney Islands, north of Mainland. Photo: calflier001, CC BY-SA 2.0.

is a small village in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, on the A965 main road between Kirkwall and Stromness. Photo: Nachosan, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is a small village on the north coast of Orkney Mainland. Photo: Chmee2, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Orkney Islands

Latitude of center
58.9847° or 58° 59' 4.7" north
Longitude of center
-2.9595° or 2° 57' 34.3" west
Population
20,100
United Nations Location Code
GB ORK
Elevation
7 feet (2 metres)
Geo­Names ID
8299623

Also Known As

  • Afrikaans: Orkney, Skotland
  • Afrikaans: Orkney-eilande
  • Afrikaans: Orkney
  • Afrikaans: Orkney Eilande
  • Afrikaans: Orkneyeilande
  • Amharic: ኦርክኒ
  • Arabic: Orkney
  • Arabic: جزر أوركني
  • Armenian: Օրկնեյան կղզիներ
  • Asturian: Orkney
  • Azerbaijani: Orkney adaları
  • Basque: Orkadak
  • Basque: Orkada uharteak
  • Basque: Orkney
  • Basque: Orkney Uharteak
  • Belarusian: Аркнейскія астравы
  • Belarusian: Аркнэйскія астравы
  • Bengali: ওর্কনে দ্বীপপুঞ্জ
  • Breton: Enezeg Orc'h
  • Breton: Inizi Orc'h
  • Breton: Inizi Orch
  • Breton: Orc'h
  • Breton: Orkney
  • Bulgarian: Оркнейски острови
  • Bulgarian: Оркни
  • Catalan: Consell de les illes Òrcades
  • Catalan: Illes Orcades
  • Catalan: Illes Orkney
  • Catalan: Illes Òrcades
  • Catalan: Orcades
  • Catalan: Orkney
  • Catalan: illes Òrcades
  • Catalan: Òrcades
  • Cebuano: Orkney Islands (dapit sa konseho)
  • Cebuano: Orkney Islands (kapuloan sa Hiniusang Gingharian, Scotland, Orkney Islands)
  • Cebuano: Orkney Islands
  • Chinese: Orkney
  • Chinese: 奥克尼
  • Chinese: 奥克尼群岛
  • Chinese: 奧克尼
  • Chinese: 奧克尼群島
  • Croatian: Orkneyski otoci
  • Czech: Orkneje
  • Czech: Orknejské ostrovy
  • Danish: Orkney-øerne
  • Danish: Orkney
  • Danish: Orkneyøerne
  • Danish: Orknøerne
  • Danish: Ørkenøerne
  • Dutch: Orcaden
  • Dutch: Orkaden
  • Dutch: Orkney-eilanden
  • Dutch: Orkney eilanden
  • Dutch: Orkneyeilanden
  • Dutch: Orkneys
  • English: Orkney
  • Esperanto: Orkadaj Insuloj
  • Esperanto: Orkadoj
  • Esperanto: Orknejaj Insuloj
  • Esperanto: Orknejoj
  • Esperanto: Orkney
  • Estonian: Orkney
  • Estonian: Orkney saared
  • Faroese: Orkney
  • Faroese: Orkney Islands
  • Faroese: Orknoyar
  • Faroese: Orknoyggar
  • Faroese: Orknoyggarnar
  • Faroese: Orknoyggjar
  • Fiji Hindi: Orkney Islands
  • Finnish: Orkney-saaret
  • Finnish: Orkney
  • Finnish: Orkneynsaaret
  • Finnish: Orkneysaaret
  • French: Orcades
  • French: Orkney
  • French: Orkney Islands
  • Galician: Illas Orcadas
  • Galician: Illas Orkney
  • Galician: Orcadas
  • Galician: Orkney
  • Galician: Órcadas
  • German: GB-ORK
  • German: Orkaden
  • German: Orkadier
  • German: Orkney
  • German: Orkney-Inseln
  • German: Orkney Islands
  • German: Orkneyinseln
  • German: Orkneys
  • Greek: Όρκνεϊ
  • Greek: Ορκάδες
  • Gujarati: ઓર્કની આઇલેન્ડ્સ
  • Hebrew: אורקני
  • Hebrew: איי אורקני
  • Hindi: ओर्कने
  • Hungarian: Orkney-szigetek
  • Icelandic: Orkneyjar
  • Indonesian: Kepulauan Orkney
  • Indonesian: Orkney
  • Irish: Inse Orc
  • Italian: Isole Orcadi
  • Italian: Isole Orkney
  • Italian: Orcadi
  • Japanese: オルカデス
  • Japanese: オークニー
  • Japanese: オークニー諸島
  • Kannada: ಆರ್ಕ್ನಿ ದ್ವೀಪಗಳು
  • Kirghiz: Оркни аралдары
  • Korean: 오크니
  • Korean: 오크니 제도
  • Latin: Orcades insulae
  • Latvian: Orkneju salas
  • Lithuanian: Orknio salos
  • Lower Sorbian: Orkney
  • Macedonian: Оркниски Острови
  • Manx: Inshyn Ork
  • Manx: Ny h-Inshyn Ork
  • Manx: Yn Orkaid
  • Min Nan Chinese: Orkney
  • Minangkabau: Orkney
  • Norwegian: Orknøyene
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Orkenøyene
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Orknøyane
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Orknøyene
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Orknøying
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Arcaibh
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Orkney
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Orknøyane
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Orknøyene
  • Occitan (post 1500): Orcadas
  • Old English (ca. 450-1100): Orcanege
  • Ossetian: Оркнейаг сакъадæхтæ
  • Ossetian: Оркнейы сакъадæхтæ
  • Persian: اورکنی
  • Persian: جزایر اورکنی
  • Polish: Orkady
  • Portuguese: Ilhas Orkney
  • Portuguese: Ilhas orcadas
  • Portuguese: Orcadas
  • Portuguese: Orkney
  • Portuguese: Orkney Islands
  • Portuguese: Orkneys
  • Portuguese: Órcadas
  • Portuguese: Órcades
  • Pushto: اورکني
  • Romanian: Insulele Orkney
  • Romanian: Orkney
  • Russian: Оркадские острова
  • Russian: Оркнеи
  • Russian: Оркнейские острова
  • Scots: Orkney
  • Scots: Orkney Islands
  • Scots: Orkneys
  • Scottish Gaelic: Arcaibh
  • Scottish Gaelic: Àrcaibh
  • Serbian: Orknijska ostrva
  • Serbian: Оркнијска острва
  • Serbo-Croatian: Orkney
  • Serbo-Croatian: Orkneyski otoci
  • Slovak: Orkneje
  • Spanish: Islas Orcadas
  • Spanish: Islas Orkney
  • Spanish: Orcadas
  • Spanish: Orkney
  • Spanish: Orkney Islands
  • Spanish: Orkneys
  • Spanish: Órcadas
  • Swahili: Visiwa vya Orkney
  • Swedish: Orkney
  • Swedish: Orkney Islands (öar i Storbritannien)
  • Swedish: Orkney Islands Council
  • Swedish: Orkneyöarna
  • Tagalog: Orkney
  • Tamil: ஒர்க்கனே தீவுகள்
  • Telugu: ఓర్క్నీకి ఐలాండ్
  • Thai: Orkney
  • Thai: The Orkney Islands
  • Thai: กลุ่มเกาะออร์คนีย์
  • Thai: หมู่เกาะออร์คนีย์
  • Thai: ออร์กนีย์
  • Thai: ออร์คนีย์
  • Turkish: Orkney
  • Turkish: Orkney Adaları
  • Turkish: Orkney Takımadaları
  • Ukrainian: Оркнейські острови
  • Urdu: ورکنے آئی لینڈز
  • Venetian: Isole Orcade
  • Venetian: Ìzołe Orcade
  • Vietnamese: Orkney
  • Vietnamese: Quần đảo Orkney
  • Waray (Philippines): Orkney
  • Welsh: Orcni
  • Welsh: Orkney
  • Welsh: Ynysoedd Erch
  • Welsh: Ynysoedd Orcni
  • Welsh: Ynysoedd Orkney
  • Western Frisian: Orkney-eilannen
  • Western Panjabi: اورکنے
  • Wu Chinese: 奥克尼
  • Yue Chinese: 奧克尼

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