The Orkney Guide Book - 4th edition

Welcome to the Orkney Guide Book 4th edition preview pages. The latest edition of this widely acclaimed book has 656 pages, with over 1,500 photographs, maps and diagrams and was published in December 2012. It is printed in full colour throughout and is the essential "What to See and Do in Orkney" - providing all that you need to know to make the best of your visit to Orkney.

The new edition contains much new information and 100s of new photographs by the author.

The book has a handy format of 220 x 140 mm with a cover which is matt-laminated and pages which are satin-coated for durability.

ISBN 9780951785980, if you wish to preorder from your local bookshop.  The cover price is £24.95.

See table below for draft sections (PDF files)

Click here for sections contents

Out of print - 5th Edition coming soon

Bronze & Iron
St Magnus Cathedral
Ba' Game
St Ola
Italian Chapel
South Ronaldsay
Pentland Firth
Sule Skerry
Getting to Orkney
Getting Around
Where to Stay
Where to Eat & Drink
Where to Shop

The book can ordered directly from us for immediate delivery by Royal Mail with secure payment via Paypal using your credit or debit card

11 July 2012 Dear Charles Thank you so much, it did arrive in time and we were very glad of it indeed. It got even more battered than it was in the first place (not helped by my husband dropping it in the bath while reading it!) so we would very much still like to have the new edition when it finally hits the shelves. Perhaps you could let me know how much we owe you at least for postage on the old one (and I'd be happy to pay for it too) and leave the order in place for the new one. I can send you a cheque or do a bank transfer. We are hoping we may come again to do see of the smaller islands, and my son is thinking of applying as a volunteer for the Ness of Brodgar dig next year - and even if we don't we'd love to have a clean copy of the book with all your beautiful photos as a reminder of our visit. Many thanks Louise
If Carlsberg did guide books...., 8 Aug 2009 - I must admit that I have found this book to be one of the most useful travel guides I have come across. The presentation is friendly and highly informative and it is beautifully illustrated. The photography is first rate and provides a visual treat while the maps are excellent and a great aid to getting about. All the main islands are given good coverage. Whether your interests lie with the modern flora or fauna, or in the abundant archaeology or in the more recent history of the area, I'm sure you will readily find answers to your questions. I certainly have. I have yet to visit the Orkney Islands, but already feel familiar with them and at home after browsing this brilliant publication. And if you feel you still need more information, it also provides an extensive reading list to aid you. I'm very much looking forward to travelling north with this newly discovered travel companion.
orkneys guide, 2 Aug 2010 - This book is fantastic! Very detailed and easy to read. It's the only book you need for a trip to the Orkneys. Can't think of anything that has been left out of the book! Brilliant!
Great guide to Orkney, 13 Jun 2010 - Charles Tait's Guide book to Orkney is phenomenal. Well- organized, clearly written with interesting anecdotes,and illustrated with gorgeous photos, this is the guide I'm taking along to Orkney.

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