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Winter Soltice at Maeshowe 2021, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Tom and some of his pals were involved with this film made by Historic Environment Scotland to celebrate the midwinter solstice at Maeshowe. On a clear day the rays of the setting sun shines through the entrance passage of the 5,000 year old tomb, illuminating the inside. It is closed, due to covid, so we did this. It goes live at 3.00pm (15:00) GMT, so look in and watch it.

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New Scottish Book - Essays: Grouse Beater

Essays: Grouse Beater, by scriptwriter and political commentator (and our dear friend) Gareth Wardell is now on sale! A collection of thoughtful and sometimes blistering essays about life and politics in Scotland.

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Hansel-and-Greta-Save-the-World

A pantomime by Ragnhild Ljosland, Michael Bell & Orkney Children’s Theatre Club, Orkney Islands 2019

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Orkneyology Press - Indie Publishers in Scotland's Orkney Islands

Orkneyology Press is an indie press based in Scotland's inspiring Orkney Islands. Tom and Rhonda Muir (Orkneyology.com) promise exciting, unusual niche titles.

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Orkney Storytelling Festival 2021

Watch selected event recordings online here. Donate to the non-profit traditional storytelling Orkney Islands festival here: https://ko-fi.com/orkneystorytellingfestival

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Orkney Storytelling Festival 2021 Ghosts Around the Globe

Ghosts Around the Globe Orkney Storytelling Festival free online event. Here's the link. Enjoy the spooky stories! https://youtu.be/i1pUm50kX3A

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Orkney Storytelling Festival 2021 videos

Okay, folks - it's the video you've been waiting for - our first Orkney Storytelling Festival 2021 evening event in Milestone Community Church, Dounby. Enjoy, and please share! (More to come.)

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The Orkney Storytelling Festival 2021

We're having live events mixed with some online this year. Grab your mask and come along if you can!

In case you don't know, our two Westray events are un-ticketed and FREE! The morning event is especially for the bairns, afternoon is especially for everyone. And there will be a GREAT RAFFLE! (Another Truly Tremendous Raffle on Sunday night.) Grab your mask and come along!

Each of our evening events will be online the next day, so those who can't join us will be able to enjoy some of the festival. A special online Saturday night event is a spooky collaboration from our local storytellers. We'll post the links as they become available, so keep an eye on our social media posts! More here: https://orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk/main/2021-programme/

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2021 Orkney Storytelling Festival Tickets and Information

We're pleased to announce that Orkney Storytelling Festival 2021 tickets can now be purchased online. Find ticket ordering information and general storytelling festival information on the festival website.

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Help Us Uncover the Forgotten Stories of Scottish Archaeology

A fascinating new project by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland will intrigue lovers of Scottish (and Orcadian) archaeology and those interested in little-known women's history.

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Tom Muir talks with paranormal researcher William Becker

Tom really enjoyed talking with paranormal enthusiast William Becker last week. Enjoy listening to their conversation on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzbSdkIEL78

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Farewell to Stromness

The beautiful composition Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Max) inspired this wee Stromness film. Enjoy.

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Fully Vaccinated Travellers from US and EU - Ease of Redstrictions

Read the full VisitScotland report for covid travel to Scotland updates.

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Social Media Templates

This is a shout-out to the social media experts we use at Orkneyology.com to create and organize our Pinterest and Instagram accounts. You can browse for inspiration here. (There are 20 Orkneyology.com images from me, Rhonda Muir, in the Pinterest designs. See if you can spot them all!)

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15 Best Beer Gardens in Scotland

Get Scotland travel tips for finding the most amazing beer gardens in Scotland.Read the latest beer garden travel advice from VisitScotland.

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9 Quirky Stirling Streets with Great Places to Stay

Going to Stirling? Read VisitScotland's latest Stirling travel tips here.

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Camping in Orkney ~ Planning Your Scottish Islands Camping Adventure

Camping in Orkney: everything you need to know. The enchanting Orkney Islands are a perfect destination for your unforgettable outdoor Scotland adventures.

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What's Happening at the Ness of Brodgar Dig?

Small but perfectly formed – Trench J’s miniature axehead. Read more!

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News from the Rousay Excavation, Orkney Islands

See drone footage of what's going on at the Rousay dig.

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Scotland is Moving to Level Zero

"Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the whole of Scotland will move to level zero from Monday 19 July, but this was still a time for continued caution. The First Minister also highlighted that there would be modifications to the original plans for level zero to ensure a sensible easing of restrictions." Read the official Scottish Government announcement.

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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!