Orkney Islands

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Beyond the Pentland Firth, less than 10 km (6 miles) off the Scottish mainland, the Orkney archipelago consists of some 70 islands and rocky skerries boasting the densest concentration of archaeological sites in Britain. Today, only about 16 of these islands are permanently inhabited. Orkney’s way of life is predominantly agricultural – it’s said that, whereas the Shetlanders are fishermen with crofts, the Orcadians are farmers with boats.

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