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Set amid green fields and heathland, sloping down towards Scapa Flow and only 3 miles from the islands’ main town, Kirkwall, The Foveran is an ideal base from which to explore Orkney.


Walking and heritage

There are many and varied walks on offer, for all abilities – from a gentle stroll along the beach to coastal paths and clifftop walks. Most have way-marked paths and all offer stunning views. In summer, the coastal paths are adorned with wildflowers, and many trails pass sites of historic interest along the way. For a guide to local walks see Orkney.com or VistScotland.

Within easy reach of the Foveran there are fine views and a chambered cairn on Wideford Hill, beaches at Scapa and Waukmill with coastal paths for a longer walk.

Scapa Flow

From the Foveran, you can look out over Scapa Flow and imagine the ships at anchor at the height of the First World War, when the Grand Fleet was based here. Specialist tours of wartime sites are available, and tours can be arranged of the recently restored Ness coastal battery, near Stromness, which was the naval base during the Second World War.

Scapa Flow’s importance in the First and Second World Wars reflects its long history as an important anchorage, and Stromness has since Viking times been a vital supply port for ships plying the North Atlantic sea lanes. The Stromness Museum has a wealth of information about the town’s history, when it was the main recruiting base for the Hudson’s Bay Company operations in North America, and supported the Arctic Whaling fleet and the busy 19th century herring fishery.

Family history and genealogy
With its long history of international connections, Orkney is a place which attracts many visitors who are interested in family history and genealogy. We are fortunate to have an excellent local library and archive
(the oldest public library in Scotland), where the Orkney Family History Society has staff who may be able to provide help and advice.

Outdoor pursuits, guided tours and trips
Boat trips and cruises are available locally and can be tailor-made for wildlife viewing and sea angling. There are a number of specialist wartime history and archaeology tour operators (early booking required). Loch fishing is available in the West Mainland and local golf clubs welcome visitors. If you have a specific interest, please let us know and we will be happy to advise on options – we want you to get the most out of your stay – or see VisitScotland.