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The Orkney Islands number 67 in all, less than 30 of which are inhabited, the rest being the domain of countless sea birds, seals and otters. Traces of the first human settlers date back to the Neolithic period, as can be seen at the village of Skara Brae (5000 BC) and the tomb at Maes Howe (2700 BC). Picts settled here, then Norsemen (in the 8C), before the islands became Scottish in 1468. Today the islands' dramatic landscapes and rich history continue to attract visitors from near and far.

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