Deerness is a beautiful part of Orkney on the very east, joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.
It has many stunning beaches, including the magical Dingies Howe, which folklore tells us is also home to a hill inhabited by trows.
The atmospheric Gloup is a collapsed sea-cave/blowhole and is a must see – great care must be taken when visiting the unfenced cliff-top walk.
Mull Head is a nature reserve, home to colonies of sea birds, and all over Deerness, glimpses of wildlife such as endangered hen harriers are a common sight.
The Brough of Deerness is an archaeological site, revealing Viking artifacts and dwellings, as well as life before the Vikings found Orkney.
The parish has a thriving farming community, a hub of island news in the form of the Deerness Stores and a fun-filled SWRI.