Orkney Updates

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Tales for Troubled Times - page 5

Humans have always told ourselves stories during troubled times. Stories comfort, inspire and encourage. Hear audio of traditional tales and folklore online.

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The Scottish Isle of Eigg Asks Visitors to Stay Away for Now

"We know many people want to come to Eigg this summer, but sadly, for the moment, we ask you not to come." Read the Isle of Eigg's Coronavirus community respose here.

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Does Orkney, Scotland Want Visitors in 2020?

"... only 10% are comfortable with tourists returning, and 45% would prefer either none this year or very small numbers of local visitors." Surely, this is understandable. We in Orkney love our visitors, but we've all been through a lot during the Covid-19 pandemic. Not everyone is thrilled to welcome visitors in Orkney just yet. People considering traveling to Orkney in 2020 should be aware of this, wear your mask in public places and be extremely respectful to Orkney residents. Read the full report here.

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Coronavirus Travel in Orkney - Travel Planning for the Orkney Islands

Where can I find coronavirus travel in Orkney information for the Orkney Islands in Scotland? Is this a good time to visit Orkney?

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An Italian Writer's Inspiration from Orkney's Italian Chapel

Italian writer Inga Sempel had no idea what was waiting for her when she visited Orkney. What was an "Italian" chapel doing on an island north of Scotland?

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New Audio Stories from Orkney Storyteller Tom Muir

This week's Tales for Troubled Times from Orkney: for the bairns, a Jack story and a Travellers' Christmas tale; also a Swedish story and a scary tale that comes from the Orkney island of Sanday - The Nucklavee! (Illustration courtesy of our friend, Bryce Wilson.)

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No More Stinky Jobs! - Building a Portable Home Business

How am I building a web business after moving to Orkney, Scotland, with no technical knowledge? I'm creating a lifestyle of freedom. You can, too. Find out how I work from home in Orkney.

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The Merry Dancers - Photographing the Aurora Borealis in Orkney

In Orkney we call them the Merry Dancers. The haunting light show can be seen here in dark months, if you're lucky. Read one Orkney woman's aurora-chasing tale.

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Blackenings in Orkney

A German celebrity interviews Orkney residents about the folk customs of love, particularly the blackenings - a custom that came from Scotland not long ago and can disturb tourists to Orkney if they don't understand what's going on. Tom Muir, local folklorist and historian, explains more beginning at 18:52 time marker.

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Take a virtual tour of Scotland’s historic sites

Check out these amazing 3D renderings of some of Scotland's most intriguing archaeological sites.

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Folklore Podcast with Orkney Storyteller Tom Muir

Storyteller Tom Muir has recorded a folklore podcast episode with the delightful Taking the Traditional On podcast. Listen in here!

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How to Experience Scotland & Scottish Culture at Home

Find ways to celebrate all things Scottish from the comfort of your own home – our music, history, food and drink, dance and most importantly, a bit of fun. Enjoy these Scotland online travel resources from the excellent VisitScotland blog.

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Orkney Storytelling Festival 2020 Updates

After considering our options the committee of the Orkney Storytelling Festival has decided to change the format of this year’s festival, which runs from the 22nd-25th October. Have a look at the updates, and everyone take good care.

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Orkney Folklore Trail App Now Free Online!

The Orkney Folklore Trail app was created by Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Orkneyology.com. The Android app was originally designed to be GPS-based, unlocking stories on Orkney’s folklore. Since people can't travel to Orkney now, the folklore trail team has opened the trail to everyone online. Find out more.

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Viking Runes Online Talk

Runologist Raggie’s recorded runes talk is available! Dr Ragnhild Ljosland, author of The Orkney Book of Runes gives current thinking and developments in runology and answers questions. Have a listen.

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The Pirate Gow

Listen to Orkney Islands playwright Aine King's lockdown radio play of the famous Orkney pirate, John Gow. Tom Muir (my wonderful husband) is the narrator!

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Orkney Folklore Trail - Explore Orkney Through Legend, Myth, Folklore

Download our free, self-guided Orkney Folklore Trail. Drive Orkney's beautiful west coast with stories by native Orcadian storyteller and folklorist, Tom Muir.

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Dreaming of Travelling to Scotland's Orkney Islands?

Dreaming of future Scotland travel plans? Download your free copy of the 2020 Orkney Islander, filled with Orkney Islands inspiration. Page 62 has Orcadian storyteller Tom Muir's take on Orkney's giant folklore. Also see pg 64 for Tom's bit of folklore from the Orkney island of Sanday, where half of him comes from. :-) https://orkneyislander.co.uk

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Tom Muir's Tales for Toubled Times Continue

Tom continues to record free audio folktales and fairytales from his attic bedroom in Scotland's Orkney Islands each night, hoping to cheer the forced solitude of many. We're on page 4, now. Who would have thought it would go on so long? Listen in!

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New Connections Across the Northern Isles

See what this wonderful museums collaboration among Scotland's island communities has brought together.

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Mermaid image (Rhonda's pages) and storyteller image (Tom's pages), and all other illustrations except where noted are here by the courtesy of our dear friend - Stromness author, artist and historian, Bryce Wilson MBE, who owns all copyrights. Thanks, Bryce!