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Visit Orkney's Ancient Standing Stones of Stenness

The Stones of Stenness - standing stones in Scotland's Orkney Islands older than Stonehenge by hundreds of years. Orcadian historian Tom Muir tells you more.

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The Beating Heart of Neolithic Orkney

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, set within an astonishing archaeological landscape, shows Orkney's significance in Neolithic times. "Remote?" I think not!

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Ring of Brodgar - Orkney's Dancing Giants

Orkney's Ring of Brodgar lies in a mysterious valley filled with Neolithic masterpieces. Here's why you must visit the legendary standing stones of Brodgar.

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Orkney Folklore Trail App From Storyteller Tom Muir

Announcing the release of the Orkney Folklore Trail free Android app from Tom and Rhonda Muir of Orkneyology.com, Robert Gordon University, Orkney artist Bryce Wilson and folk musician Fionn McArthur.

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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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Dream of Living in Orkney?

This might be a little more extreme than would suit most people, but it's also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become part of a northerly Scottish island community. Find out more.

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Highland Park Whisky Supports Orkney DIg

Highland Park will release a limited edition single malt whisky in support of the excavation of Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. Find out more.

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Highland Park Whisky Supports Orkney DIg

Highland Park will release a limited edition single malt whisky in support of the excavation of Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. Find out more.

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The German Fleet Scuttling at Orkney's Scapa Flow

What terrible event happened when the two most powerful navies in the world - the Royal Navy and German Fleet - met for the last time in Orkney's Scapa Flow?

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Scapa 100: The Orkney Story - Stromness Museum October Conference

2019 is the centenary of the Scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland. As part of the Orkney wide Scapa 100 commemorations, Stromness Museum is hosting a conference covering the German Fleet scuttling's lasting legacy, and how this major WWI event has shaped present day Orkney.

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What Makes Scotland's Orkney Islands Such a Great (and Green) Place to Live?

See one more reason in this article posted by The Orcadian!

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Scapa 100 Events Programme

Find out what's being planned in Orkney to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the shocking scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow, including poignant stories of Orcadians and German sailors caught up in the last events of WWI and what became of the German ships.

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Orkney Hosts International Workshop on Climate Change

Orkney's University of the Highlands and Islands will be hosting a climate change summit this week, especially giving attention to the dangers of losing our cultural and archaeological heritage sites.

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Scatter Sites - Fieldwalking for Archaeology

Caroline Wickham-Jones, an archaeologist living in Orkney, writes about an activity dear to the hearts of many who live here - fieldwalking for archaeological finds.

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Fishing in Orkney - Find the Best Fishing in the Orkney Islands

Scotland's Orkney Islands are known for excellent brown trout fishing. Learn about fishing in Orkney - fly fishing, sea angling ... and tales about sea monsters!

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Hear About Life on the Orkney Island of Sanday

Ever wonder what it's like living in Orkney? Listen in on this charming 2010 BBC Orkney Radio program about everyday life on Orkney's island of Sanday. The show features storytelling from native storyteller Tom Muir sprinkled throughout the program. (It's pronounced sandee, not san-day, by the way - just a pet peeve.) Enjoy!

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FREE Orkney Islander Magazine 2019

Download or order your free copy of the 2019 Orkney Islander magazine - a visitors' magazine filled with valuable travel information and itinerary ideas to make your Orkney trip magical. Find Tom's story about Orkney's witches on page 67.

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The White Lady of Clestrain - an Orkney Ghost Story

Hear our latest recording of Orkney's folklore on Sound Cloud, along with the others we've dotted about on Orkneyology.com for your pleasure. Enjoy!

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Female Archaeologists Written Out of History

It seems women were doing more than just standing around and admiring the work of the men at the Skara Brae dig in Orkney.

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Social Injustice of Fuel Poverty in Orkney Islands

Here's a thoughtful article outlining some of the problems of energy inequality in Orkney - a place where green energy and inventive energy initiatives are exploding. Why are Orcadians being punished?

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