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Here are a few wonderful ideas for ways to support Scotland's small business community this Christmas season.
Camping in Orkney: everything you need to know. The enchanting Orkney Islands are a perfect destination for your unforgettable outdoor Scotland adventures.
Renowned Orcadian Dr John Rae (1813-1893) was the most successful of all Victorian Arctic explorers, undertaking four expeditions. His fourth and final expedition (1853-4) was his most significant – it was during this expedition that he learnt the fate of the lost Franklin expedition and made the discovery of Rae Strait which proved to be the last link in a first navigable North West Passage.John Rae is known to have taken fiddles on his expeditions. Traditional Orcadian fiddle music played an important part in his upbringing and is still an important part of Orcadian culture across the globe. While on his travels music would have entertained everyone during the long Arctic nights.
Lovers of Orkney folklore will enjoy this piece theorizing on the possible connection between the Orkney finfolk tales and traveling Inutit people.
Betty Matthews from Orkney has taken our folk tales to New York City and created something rather wonderful. I think you'll like this.
Orkney Sea Monsters? Discover them in the wonderful Northward Project - stories and things that encapsulate the spirit of the north of Scotland. Read about them!
Orkney Islands farmer Jim Muir and his mother Elizabeth reminisce about 1960's Orkney farming, through devastating foot and mouth disease and beyond.
What did our ancestors do in troubled times? First, whatever was sensible. Then they came together and told stories. Join us and hear tales for troubled times.
Although we're way outside our comfort zone, preferring live storytelling and not having great technical abilities, the hardy band of volunteers that brings you the Orkney Storytelling Festival each year has created a collection of beautiful storytelling films. Watch them all on our Youtube channel, and maybe we'll see you in the Orkney Islands next year! All our best to you.
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?
Humans have always told ourselves stories during troubled times. Stories comfort, inspire and encourage. Hear audio of traditional tales and folklore online.
"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.
"... 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.
Where can I find coronavirus travel in Orkney information for the Orkney Islands in Scotland? Is this a good time to visit Orkney?
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?
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Check out these amazing 3D renderings of some of Scotland's most intriguing archaeological sites.
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!