Orkney Updates

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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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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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What Makes Scotland's Orkney Islands Such a Great (and Green) Place to Live?

See one more reason in this article posted by The Orcadian!

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Scapa 100 Events Programme

Find out what's being planned in Orkney to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the shocking scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow, including poignant stories of Orcadians and German sailors caught up in the last events of WWI and what became of the German ships.

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Orkney Hosts International Workshop on Climate Change

Orkney's University of the Highlands and Islands will be hosting a climate change summit this week, especially giving attention to the dangers of losing our cultural and archaeological heritage sites.

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Scatter Sites - Fieldwalking for Archaeology

Caroline Wickham-Jones, an archaeologist living in Orkney, writes about an activity dear to the hearts of many who live here - fieldwalking for archaeological finds.

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Fishing in Orkney - Find the Best Fishing in the Orkney Islands

Scotland's Orkney Islands are known for excellent brown trout fishing. Learn about fishing in Orkney - fly fishing, sea angling ... and tales about sea monsters!

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Hear About Life on the Orkney Island of Sanday

Ever wonder what it's like living in Orkney? Listen in on this charming 2010 BBC Orkney Radio program about everyday life on Orkney's island of Sanday. The show features storytelling from native storyteller Tom Muir sprinkled throughout the program. (It's pronounced sandee, not san-day, by the way - just a pet peeve.) Enjoy!

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FREE Orkney Islander Magazine 2019

Download or order your free copy of the 2019 Orkney Islander magazine - a visitors' magazine filled with valuable travel information and itinerary ideas to make your Orkney trip magical. Find Tom's story about Orkney's witches on page 67.

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The White Lady of Clestrain - an Orkney Ghost Story

Hear our latest recording of Orkney's folklore on Sound Cloud, along with the others we've dotted about on Orkneyology.com for your pleasure. Enjoy!

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Female Archaeologists Written Out of History

It seems women were doing more than just standing around and admiring the work of the men at the Skara Brae dig in Orkney.

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Social Injustice of Fuel Poverty in Orkney Islands

Here's a thoughtful article outlining some of the problems of energy inequality in Orkney - a place where green energy and inventive energy initiatives are exploding. Why are Orcadians being punished?

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Golf tycoons want to raid Scotland - It is our duty to defend its beauty.

Wanting to enjoy a good game of golf in the land where it was invented is understandable. But does it have to come at the cost of Scotland's irreplaceable natural heritage?

"You don’t have to be closely acquainted with these issues to understand why there is so much distress at the prospect of another stretch of this wild and vital north-east coastline being sacrificed to the whims of a US billionaire and the exclusive use of golfers with the means to pay top dollar for the privilege. Further along this coastline, Donald Trump’s luxury course at Menie was waved through in the face of objections about damage to the globally unique dune system. Almost seven years later, the promises of jobs and investment parroted by Trump and some well-connected local supporters have yet to materialise."

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Travel Slowly: Explore The Holms of Stromness, Orkney

Get away from summer crowds in Scotland's Orkney Islands. Discover two little-visited tidal islands in Stromness that you can explore at low tide - The Holms.

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Where Can I Live - An American Expat in Scotland

I was recently invited to contribute an article to the worldwide expat blog "Where Can I Live."

Here I tell a bit more about my experience of moving to Orkney and learning to live a new life abroad as an American expat living on a Scottish island.

I hope you enjoy my moving to Orkney story.

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Arctic Return Expedition - Following in the Footsteps of Orkney's John Rae

Scottish explorer David Reid will soon follow in the footsteps of Orkney's John Rae, arctic explorer.

Reid's journey will take him on a 400-mile trek across the Boothia Peninsula, following the same route as the Orcadian explorer John Rae in 1854.

Find out more about Rae on our Orkneyology page https://www.orkneyology.com/john-rae.html

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Orkney Islands Call for Descendants of WWII German High Seas Fleet Scuttling

June 2019 will see a commemoration in Orkney of the startling events of the 1919 scuttling in Orkney's Scapa Flow. Organizers are looking for descendants of both German sailors and Orcadians who witnessed the scuttling.

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