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A Shetland Selkie Folk Tale

Enjoy this Shetland selkie tale, retold by Orkney's Tom Muir on behalf of his great friend, the late Shetland traditional storyteller Lawrence Tulloch.https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/shetland-blog/a-shetland-folk-tale-the-goita-skerry/

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Scapa Flow Museum Opening part 2

Read more about the opening of the wonderful new Orkney Islands museum In Lyness, Orkney.

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Scapa Flow Museum Opens at Last!

Find out about the Orkney Islands' new naval history museum at Lyness, the Scapa Flow Museum.

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Housing Prices Soar in Orkney

Soaring housing prices in the Orkney Islands are making housing unaffordable to many islanders.

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Orkney's New Scapa Flow Museum Opening Soon

The Lyness based Museum, which has undergone a £4.4million refurbishment, will be open to summer visitors from Saturday, July 2.

There will be a further formal opening event in September, when Olympian Sir Chris Hoy will officially open the attraction.

But before then, the doors will be open to summer tourists and locals alike.

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Traditional Orkney Creation Myth

Assipattle and the Stoorworm is an exciting traditional folk tale once told around the fire in the Orkney Islands. It describes how Orkney and Shetland were formed, and the smouldering volcanoes of Iceland! Told for Northlink Ferries and the Year of Scotland's Stories by Orkneyology.com's traditional Orcadian storyteller Tom Muir.

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Maeshowe Re-opens in Orkney Islands

Maeshowe, one of Orkney’s most renowned, prehistoric, sites has reopened to the public.

Access to the chambered cairn had been restricted due to the covid pandemic, however, the visitor centre reopened last year to share the story of the site with visitors to the islands.

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Free voice coaching opportunity in Orkney

People from Caithness and Sutherland as well as Orkney and Shetland are being invited to take part in a voice workshop exploring dialect, speech and movement.

The Kristin Linklater Voice Centre in Orkney is inviting local participants to take part in the paid-for course that explores dialect, speech and movement.

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Moving to Orkney guidebook

Have you ever dreamed about moving to Scotland? What's it like to live in Orkney? Find out from an American expat who's managed it and can give you advice if life in Orkney is your goal. Here's where you can order my new ebook, Moving to Orkney ~ Life on a Scottish Island, a guide.

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Moving to Orkney: a guide, ebook, on Etsy

I've just published an ebook on Etsy - everything you need to know if you're considering moving to Orkney, from an American expat living on the Orkney Islands.

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A Shetland traditional folktale as told by Tom Muir

Northlink Ferries is gathering a series of Orkney Islands and Shetland folk tales in honour of Scotland's Year of Stories, 2022. Read the latest, a Shetland tale told to Tom by the great Lawrence Tulloch, Shetland's late tradition-bearer. https://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/shetland-blog/a-shetland-folk-tale-jan-tait-and-the-bear/

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Year of Scotland's STories - Orkney Storytelling

The Orkney Storytelling Festival aims to capture folk tales and promote their retelling. We also support new forms of storytelling, keeping alive the oral tradition in a modern world. Join us and our guests in October and get happily lost in great traditional tales.

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Scotland's Year of Stories Highlands and Islands

2022 is Scotland's Year of Stories when we are celebrating stories of the Highlands and Islands - the land, the people and the culture - which have shaped our region past, present and future!

Explore our stories and discover our spirit!

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Couple sails from Skye to Orkney

Here's an interesting story from an older couple who sailed their 42 foot yacht from Skye to Orkney in a four-week adventure expedition.

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Museums without Walls - Stromness

Stromness Museum is offering an interactive online exploration of the connections between Orkney and the Hudson Bay Company in Canada.

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Gabrielle Barnby to Publish Short Stories with Orkneyology Press

Gabrielle Barnby's passion is transforming life experiences into writings that stir soul and imagination. Her new work will be out soon with Orkneyology Press.

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Kirkwall Airport, Orkney: Memories from a Neighbor

A native of Orkney's East Mainland and lifelong neighbor to the Kirkwall Airport, writes his reminiscences of decades living near to Orkney's main airport.

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Large-Scale Female Bronze Age Immigration Altered Genetic Landscape of Orkney

An international team, led by researchers at the University of Huddersfield, has used ancient DNA to rewrite the history of the Orkney islands which shows that Orkney was much less insular than has long been assumed and actually experienced large-scale female immigration during the Early Bronze Age, which replaced much of the local population.

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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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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!