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Forget the Caribbean: these are the best beaches in Orkney and the Outer Hebrides

These Scottish island chains are home to some of the most spectacular sands in the UK.

The best wildlife experiences in Orkney

From greater skuas to grey seals, Orkney boasts a wealth of fantastic wildlife-watching opportunities. 

Island energy: championing female businesses in the Outer Hebrides

These Scottish islands have an absolute wealth of entrepreneurial women.

The salmon that finally flew: a quest to leave Barra

Have you ever shared a 1.5kg side of salmon with your fellow passengers in order to board a plane? Thought not.

Call the 85-year-old midwife: A bizarre birth in the Outer Hebrides

Discover the true story behind Call the Midwife's Christmas special.

Island life: Orkney’s cultural treasures

Orkney's rich history is markedly visible across the islands in its well-preserved Neolithic villages and chambered cairns.

The best archaeological sites in Orkney

Orkney's rich history is incredibly well-preserved in its abundance of archaeological sites — and most are free to enter.

A view to a hill: the best cliff walks in Orkney

Orkney's landscapes are some of the most dramatic in the UK.

Mark Rowe is an environmental and outdoors journalist and writer who works for several national newspapers and magazines. He is also author of Bradt’s Orkney, which was published in May 2019. He is news editor at BBC Countryfile magazine and the dossiers author for Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society where he writes on issues ranging from migration to poverty and climate change and sustainable tourism.

In 2019 he published Slow Wight, an online guide to walks, food, drink and wildlife on the Isle of Wight. He is a regular contributor to Nat Geo Traveller magazine and to Walk, the magazine of the Ramblers, where his work has included an in-depth feature on the new Hebridean Way across the Outer Hebrides. For several years he has written walking booklets and reports for several conservation organisations, such as the Wildlife Trusts, The National Trust and WWF on themes from climate change to coastal wildlife. He wrote a walk of the month column for the Independent on Sunday for 15 years and is a regular contributor to its travel pages, those of the i and the Daily Telegraph. He also writes for Scottish Islands Explorer magazine and Hidden Europe.

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The best wildlife experiences in Orkney

From greater skuas to grey seals, Orkney boasts a wealth of fantastic wildlife-watching opportunities. 

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Call the 85-year-old midwife: A bizarre birth in the Outer Hebrides

Discover the true story behind Call the Midwife‘s Christmas special.

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Island life: Orkney’s cultural treasures

Orkney’s rich history is markedly visible across the islands in its well-preserved Neolithic villages and chambered cairns.

Read More

The best archaeological sites in Orkney

Orkney’s rich history is incredibly well-preserved in its abundance of archaeological sites — and most are free to enter.

Read More

A view to a hill: the best cliff walks in Orkney

Orkney’s landscapes are some of the most dramatic in the UK.

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Interview with Mark Rowe

We chat to Mark Rowe, author of our guide to the Outer Hebrides, about walking, wildlife, and his favourite place to eat on the islands. 

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On the road in the Outer Hebrides

Join Mark Rowe, author of our new Outer Hebrides guide, as he shows us his highlights from a research trip to the islands. 

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The SS Politician and Whisky Galore (!)

Author Mark Rowe talks about the history behind the classic comedy Whisky Galore!, and its 2016 remake.

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A week in the Outer Hebrides

Here’s how to make the most of a short break in the Outer Hebrides.

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Genealogy in the Outer Hebrides

Genealogy has become a well-researched topic in the Outer Hebrides due to widespread diaspora.

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