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Farewell to Stromness

The beautiful composition Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Max) inspired this wee Stromness film. Enjoy.

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Fully Vaccinated Travellers from US and EU - Ease of Redstrictions

Read the full VisitScotland report for covid travel to Scotland updates.

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15 Best Beer Gardens in Scotland

Get Scotland travel tips for finding the most amazing beer gardens in Scotland.Read the latest beer garden travel advice from VisitScotland.

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Social Media Templates

This is a shout-out to the social media experts we use at Orkneyology.com to create and organize our Pinterest and Instagram accounts. You can browse for inspiration here. (There are 20 Orkneyology.com images from me, Rhonda Muir, in the Pinterest designs. See if you can spot them all!)

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9 Quirky Stirling Streets with Great Places to Stay

Going to Stirling? Read VisitScotland's latest Stirling travel tips here.

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Camping in Orkney ~ Planning Your Scottish Islands Camping Adventure

Camping in Orkney: everything you need to know. The enchanting Orkney Islands are a perfect destination for your unforgettable outdoor Scotland adventures.

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News from the Rousay Excavation, Orkney Islands

See drone footage of what's going on at the Rousay dig.

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Scotland is Moving to Level Zero

"Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the whole of Scotland will move to level zero from Monday 19 July, but this was still a time for continued caution. The First Minister also highlighted that there would be modifications to the original plans for level zero to ensure a sensible easing of restrictions." Read the official Scottish Government announcement.

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What's Happening at the Ness of Brodgar Dig?

Small but perfectly formed – Trench J’s miniature axehead. Read more!

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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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Jocelyn Rendall: Farstraers, Voyages & Homecomings - Orkneyology Press

Jocelyn Rendall unearths stories of Orkney life in past centuries through letters from home and abroad - witchcraft trials to the American Revolution and more.

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Aine King's "A Stitch in Time" to be Published by Orkneyology Press

London-Irish writer, storyteller and award-winning dramatist Aine King intersperses family war stories with her tales of renovating historic Highland Park House.

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Bryce Wilson to Publish 'An Orcadian Odyssey' with Orkneyology Press

Bryce Wilson gives fascinating insights into the development of Orkney's museums & the Pier Arts Centre, and tells stories of life in 1950s Orkney and foreward.

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Orcadian author Bryce Wilson to Publish His Memoir with Orkneyology Press

Orcadian author and historian Bryce Wilson will be publishing his memoir of Orkney Islands life in the late 20th century and beyond with Orkneyology Press later this year.

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Colin Irwin to Publish The Madman's Window with Orkneyology Press

Irish storyteller, singer & songwriter Colin Urwin's upcoming book with Orkneyology Press spins Glens of Antrim tales of battles, shipwrecks, wolves, ghosts, faeries & shape-shifters. Read more about Colin's creative work here!

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Missing Sisters: Kenn Harper's Search for Inuit Sisters in Orkney

Kenn Harper, known to Inuit as Ilisaijikutaaq (the tall teacher), details his search for the daughters of a 19th century Orcadian and his Inuit “country wife.”

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Ragnhild Ljosland Explores Orkney Lore with New Orkneyology Press Book

Dr Ragnhild Ljosland's new book with Orkneyology Press explores the rich folklore and mythology of Orkney through water, earth, air, fire and witchcraft.

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Orkney authr Dr Ragnhild Ljosland Set to Publish with Orkneyology Press

Read about our friend Raggie and her upcoming book with Orkneyology Press on Orkney myth and lore.

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Katherine Soutar to Publish Myths in Isolation with Orkneyology Press

Artist Katherine Soutar's passion is making folklore and storytelling narratives visible through her hauntingly beautiful art. Discover her Myths in Isolation.

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From Tom Muir About the Upcoming Orkneyology Press

I thought I'd say a few words on what Orkneyology Press is all about.

We were going to publish out own writings, but then we started to think about all the great stories that there are out there. These stories would be lost if we didn't save them from the silence at the end of life. We broadened our outlook and started to look for people who might be interested in being published. Then we looked further afield and decided not to limit ourselves to just Orkney. There's a big world out there.

So, we have authors lined up with books on archaeology, history, natural history, folklore, art and, of course, folk tales. We have people in Orkney, England and Northern Ireland. The authors vary from highly respected experts in their field to, well, me. Ironically, I don't have anything to publish as we are keen to get our wonderful authors' books launched into the world.

We have asked them to write a little piece about themselves and the book they are working on, which we will put on our Orkneyology.com website. You can also sign up for our quarterly newsletter, which has lots of interesting stuff as well as book updates. It is free and we won't sell your e-mail addresses to anyone, so don't fear being exploited. That is something that we leave to lesser mortals, like politicians.

We have eleven authors lined up, many with multiple books that will see the light of day because of Orkneyology Press. We are filling the gap left by the Orkney Press, while working on friendly terms with The Orcadian. I would love to tell you about the exciting books that have lined up, but I will leave that to the authors. Bit, beuy, thir no bad! (Orcadian for THEY'RE BRILLIANT!!!!!)

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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!