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Trip Advisor says Orkney best island destination in UK

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Image caption Orkney's attractions scored highly on travel website Trip Advisor

The mainland of Orkney has been named as the best island destination in the UK by users of travel website Trip Advisor.

Orkney's largest island has also made it into the European top five as part of the site's Travellers Choice Awards for 2013.

The awards are based on the feedback submitted by millions of users on Trip Advisor.

The focus is on quality and quantity of hotels, restaurants and attractions.

VisitScotland islands manager Barbara Foulkes said: "It is fantastic news that Orkney's mainland has been voted among Europe's most popular islands.

"Orkney is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year and this news demonstrates that you don't need to fly out to a European island destination to get a first-class holiday experience.

"With such a large amount of historical, cultural and natural attractions to enjoy - as well as a five star visitor attraction in the Orkney Brewery - it is a must-visit travel destination for tourists, no matter what their interests."

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