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 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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Orkney Folklore Trail App From Storyteller Tom Muir

Announcing the release of the Orkney Folklore Trail free Android app from Tom and Rhonda Muir of Orkneyology.com, Robert Gordon University, Orkney artist Bryce Wilson and folk musician Fionn McArthur.

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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.

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Dream of Living in Orkney?

This might be a little more extreme than would suit most people, but it's also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become part of a northerly Scottish island community. Find out more.

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Highland Park Whisky Supports Orkney DIg

Highland Park will release a limited edition single malt whisky in support of the excavation of Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. Find out more.

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Highland Park Whisky Supports Orkney DIg

Highland Park will release a limited edition single malt whisky in support of the excavation of Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. Find out more.

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The German Fleet Scuttling at Orkney's Scapa Flow

What terrible event happened when the two most powerful navies in the world - the Royal Navy and German Fleet - met for the last time in Orkney's Scapa Flow?

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Scapa 100: The Orkney Story - Stromness Museum October Conference

2019 is the centenary of the Scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland. As part of the Orkney wide Scapa 100 commemorations, Stromness Museum is hosting a conference covering the German Fleet scuttling's lasting legacy, and how this major WWI event has shaped present day Orkney.

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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!