Orkney a few facts,
Over the last ten years of talking to visitors to the Islands, I think the vast majority of people who have never visited Orkney before probably have the misconception that Orkney is much like the Highlands of Scotland or the Western Isles, rugged, desolate and forever raining this couldn't be farther from the truth.
Orkney has about 70 islands, of which 20 are inhabited, The largest island, Mainland, is often referred to as "the Mainland", and has an area of 523 square kilometres (202 sq mi), In addition to the Mainland, most of the remaining islands are in two groups, the North and South Isles. The climate is relatively mild, very little snow and the soils are extremely fertile, most of the land is being farmed, mainly in the production of Beef cattle and Sheep. The islands are mainly low-lying except for some sharply rising old red sandstone hills on Mainland, Rousay and Hoy and rugged cliffs on some western coasts but also plenty of sandy beaches around Orkney. Nearly all of the islands have lochs, but the watercourses are merely burns, streams draining the high land. The coastlines are indented, and the islands themselves are divided from each other by straits generally called "sounds" or "firths The tidal currents, off many of the isles are swift, with frequent whirlpools. The islands are notable for their Shellfish, the Creel boats bringing in Crab, Lobster and Hand-dived Scallop to name a few. the absence of trees, which is partly accounted for by the strong winds. We have an abundance of marine and avian wildlife.