Orkney Updates

Orkneyology.com is your online Orkney travel guide - with stories!

Let Orcadian storyteller Tom Muir and his American wife, Rhonda, help you find your best experience of Orkney.

Orkney Updates is like a helpful broonie. Here you can find Tom and Rhonda Muir's latest articles, travel advice and stories.

We'd love to help you get carried away in Orkney.

Who Built Orkney's Italian Chapel?

Orkney's beautiful Italian Chapel was the inspiration of former WWII POW Domenico Chiochetti. His children write about this exceptional man, their father.

Continue reading "Who Built Orkney's Italian Chapel?"

Orkney Museum Winter Exhibition - Orkney Folklore in the Landscape

da) Our dear friend, Stromness historian and artist Bryce Wilson, talks with Radio Orkney about the new book of Sylvia Wishart drawings - starting at about minute 8. Tom and Nela Scholma-Mason talk about the fantastic winter exhibition at Orkney Museum. Start listening at about minute 24.

Continue reading "Orkney Museum Winter Exhibition - Orkney Folklore in the Landscape"

Animating Orkney's Scapa Flow

To commemorate the WWI scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in 1919, West Side Cinema and Stromness Museum ran community workshops during Stromness Shopping Week with London based animator Lizzy Hobbs. See what they came up with here!

Continue reading "Animating Orkney's Scapa Flow"

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.

Continue reading "Orkney Folklore Trail - Explore Orkney Through Legend, Myth, Folklore"

Tom and Rhonda Muir Talk with Radio Orkney

We sit down for a lovely chat with Mark Shiner for his "Made in Orkney" radio series.

Continue reading "Tom and Rhonda Muir Talk with Radio Orkney"

Tom Muir's Stromness Museum Blog Post - The Murder of Kuno Eversberg

The murder of 19-year-old WWII German sailor Kuno Eversberg has - until recently - been long-ignored. Read Orkney historian Tom Muir's blog article for the Stromness Museum. More about the German Fleet scuttling at https://www.orkneyology.com/german-fleet.html

Continue reading "Tom Muir's Stromness Museum Blog Post - The Murder of Kuno Eversberg"

Tom Muir's Stromness Museum Blog Post - The Murder of Kuno Eversberg

The murder of 19-year-old WWII German sailor Kuno Eversberg has - until recently - been long-ignored. Read Orkney historian Tom Muir's blog article for the Stromness Museum. More about the German Fleet scuttling at https://www.orkneyology.com/german-fleet.html

Continue reading "Tom Muir's Stromness Museum Blog Post - The Murder of Kuno Eversberg"

Orkney Storytelling Lives Again

Not that long ago, traditional Orkney storytelling was breathing its last. Today, an acclaimed "little festival with a big heart" is going strong, welcoming storytellers from all over the globe. How did the storytelling revival begin, and how can you take part?

Continue reading "Orkney Storytelling Lives Again"

Orkney's Italian Chapel Restoration - Antonella Papa in Orkney

Art restorer Antonella Papa fell in love with Orkney before she knew of the WWII chapel built by Italian POWs. Read her story of the Italian Chapel restoration.

Continue reading "Orkney's Italian Chapel Restoration - Antonella Papa in Orkney"

Living in Orkney - My Expat Story

What is it like to move to Orkney and to live on a Scottish islands as an expat? Find out in Rhonda's article in Global Living Magazine.

Continue reading "Living in Orkney - My Expat Story"

Orkney's Italian Chapel - Beauty and Peace in the Midst of War

WWII Italian prisoners in Orkney worried about their loved ones. Nights were the worst. They triumphed over fear to create an Italian Chapel dedicated to peace.

Continue reading "Orkney's Italian Chapel - Beauty and Peace in the Midst of War"

Orkneyology.com - Solopreneurs!

We're very happy to announce a video put together by our web-business building program, SBI, featuring Orkneyology. Take a look!

Continue reading "Orkneyology.com - Solopreneurs!"

NorthLink Ferries Talks to Orkneyology.com About Folklore Trail

We recently spoke with Magnus Dixon from NorthLink Ferries about the development of the Orkney Folklore Trail and what it means to people visiting the West mainland. Take a peep!

Continue reading "NorthLink Ferries Talks to Orkneyology.com About Folklore Trail"

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.

Continue reading "No More Stinky Jobs! - Building a Portable Home Business"

How to Book Tom Muir, Orkney's Only Living Orcadian Storyteller

Tom Muir has been called Orkney's Tradition Bearer. He thinks that's a bit pretentious, but if you'd like to find out how to book the storyteller, read on.

Continue reading "How to Book Tom Muir, Orkney's Only Living Orcadian Storyteller"

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn - Discover Orkney's Finest Neolithic Tomb

Maeshowe - this great Orkney tomb and passage grave is a masterpiece of Neolithic engineering. Find out for yourself and see the famous Viking Maeshowe Dragon!

Continue reading "Maeshowe Chambered Cairn - Discover Orkney's Finest Neolithic Tomb"

Skara Brae - Beautiful Neolithic Orkney Islands Village

Skara Brae - part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. The village is older than Stonehenge and the pyramids, yet it was snug and comfortable for its inhabitants.

Continue reading "Skara Brae - Beautiful Neolithic Orkney Islands Village "

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.

Continue reading "Visit Orkney's Ancient Standing Stones of Stenness"

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!

Continue reading "The Beating Heart of Neolithic Orkney"

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.

Continue reading "Ring of Brodgar - Orkney's Dancing Giants"

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!