Scapa Flow's great natural harbour, almost enclosed by its shores and sheltered by islands, and has been valued as a safe haven since ancient times, and today it offers one of the finest leisure resources in the UK. To anyone interested in history and archaeology, nature and the environment, saling or diving, walking or riding, the Scapa Flow periphery offers a plethora of choices. Culturally rich and inspiring, Orkney attracts thousands of people each year to enjoy festivals which celebrate folk music, the arts, wine, science and the marine environment. Use these pages to discover activities available in the area and explore the towns and villages, islands and remote places.
It is possible to follow local events and news through the website of the local newspaper - The Orcadian. There is also a daily diary of events on BBC Radio Orkney's Around Orkney programme, broadcast on weekdays, from 7.30 to 8am, on 93.7 FM, and useful online resources to keep across what's happening include the Visit Orkney calendar and the Outdoor Orkney calendar. Radio Orkney's Facebook page, and that of the Orkney Library and Archive maintain an entertaining and current dialogue with their audiences.