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.

Orkney Paths: Finding the Way video

Enjoy a short slideshow of some of the uniquely beautiful paths that you'll find in the Orkney Islands.

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What is Responsible Travel?

Words of wisdom from VisitScotland: Responsible travel and tourism is important whichever country you decide to visit. It protects the landscape and boosts the local economy, culture and diversity of the area you visit, which in turn keeps the landscape natural and beautiful for other people to enjoy in the future.

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5 Ways to Explore Scotland Sustainably

A few wonderful sustainable Scotland travel tips from Visit Scotland: how you can make your time in Scotland more sustainable by making smarter, more eco-conscious choices when it comes to food and drink, accommodation and simply experiencing all there is to see and do.

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How to Travel Scotland in a Sustainable and Respectful Way

Now and for generations to come. Whether Scotland is your home or your destination, it's all of ours to care for.

So let's all make just a few simple commitments that will help make sure Scotland remains beautiful and unique for everyone to enjoy.

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8 Rural & Remote Places To Escape To In Scotland

Some great suggestions for rural Scotland getaways from Visit Scotland.

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Have three minutes of mindfulness in the Orkney Islands

Have a few mindful moments on a Scottish island. Simply Orkney nature. No drone footage, nothing fancy ~ just you enjoying three minutes of peace and serenity in the Orkney Islands. Enjoy "A Spring Stroll" filmed in the west coast, Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland.

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How to Travel in Scotland Responsibly

What is Responsible Scottish Travel?

Responsible travel and tourism is important whichever country you decide to visit. It protects the landscape and boosts the local economy, culture and diversity of the area you visit, which in turn keeps the landscape natural and beautiful for other people to enjoy in the future. Read more!

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Orkney Islands in WWII

An interesting article by Orkney Islands tour guide Pat Long in the Orcadian about the first civilian casualty in Britain during WWII, which happened in Orkney!

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Two Unassuming Orkney Standing Stones You Might Have Overlooked

Orkney archaeology fans will love this one! Tom's cousin, archaeologist Sigurd Towrie,writes about the two minor standing stone between the Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness.

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Orkney Island Time - Mindful Moments in Orkney's Rackwick Valley, Island of Hoy

Give yourself 3 minutes of peace and serenity in Orkneys gorgeous natural beauty. Enjoy our peedie film, "Rackwick Renewal" filmed in the Rackwick Valley on the island of Hoy, Orkney Islands, Scotland.

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Alister Harcus from Barony Mill, Orkney tells The Scotsman about life in and work in theOrkney Islands

Cat Thomson from The Scotsman talks to Orkney man Alister Harcus from Barony Mill Orkney about his daily grind, growing up on an island and about milling ancient Bere grain into flour. Read the story.

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What are the latest covid-19 Scotland and Orkney travel updates?

Find Scottish government coronavirus restrictions and the latest covid-19 timetable for easing travel restrictions in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.

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Smithsonian Magazine reports on Newark Bay - a site that Orcadians have been worried about for a long time.

U.K. Storms Unearth Bones From Historic Scottish Cemetery—and Archaeologists Are Worried. Read about Orkney's endangered Newark burial site 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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Restful Rackwick

Relax for three mindful moments on the Orkney island of Hoy. Rackwick Valley is said to be one of the most beautiful places in Orkney. Find out why.

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Orkney Walks - Geotagged Photo Maps of Walking Adventures in Orkney

Looking for great Orkney walks? Browse our growing collection of geotagged photo walking maps of Scottish islands hiking adventures in the Orkney Islands!

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Island Time ~ Three Minutes of Peace in the Orkney Islands, Tranquil Moment 8, Cliffs of Yesnaby

Enjoy a few moments of mindfulness in the Orkney Islands - "Cliffs of Yesnaby"

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"No place could be more God-forsaken."

Orkney Museum series on the scuttling of the German Fleet in Orkney's Scapa Flow continues with: Von Reuter’s Dilemma; John Tulloch’s Account; and Life Aboard Ship.

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Orkney Museum - the Scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney

Orkney Museum blog posts about the WW1 Scuttling of the German Fleet continue! Read them here.

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The Scuttling of the German Fleet: 2019 Summer Exhibition at the Orkney Museum online - Part 1

Tom Muir's Orkney Museum blog highlights the amazing 2019 exhibition of the German Fleet scuttling in Orkney, WW1. See it online now. Part 1

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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!