8. Orkney, Scotland
Orkney sits north of Scotland and attracts many tourists thanks to its many 5,000-year-old archeological sites, which are also responsible for its name “Egypt of the North.” Apart from ancient sites and natural landscapes in hypnotic green colors, Orkney is also known for its unique wild animals; if you look up you’ll see flocks of birds migrating northwards, and in the sea, you’ll see dolphins and even seals that display the area’s marine life in full splendor. Apart from wildlife, the climatic conditions of Orkney Island make it possible to see the northern lights and the island is known as the best place in Britain to see this electrifying phenomenon.
How do I get there? Orkney Island can be reached on less than an hour’s flight from Scotland’s major cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Aberdeen. You can also reach the island by ferry from nearby cities, but you have to consider that due to the weather and the state of the ocean they may be canceled.