Early in 2020, I was ready to begin my beautiful slow Orkney walks and pilgrimage.
I was determined to find the elusive rhythm that I call "Island Time."
This more meaningful, natural and slower way of being would not include anxious rushing about - a bad habit to which I'd become accustomed.
I would find my Island Time by walking the length and breadth of Orkney a bit at a time over the coming year.
British adventurer Tim Moss was kind enough to give me a "Next Challenge" grant, which I used to buy a good pair of walking shoes and some rain gear ... necessary equipment for anyone walking in Orkney.
I couldn't stray far from home for my Orkney walks.
First, because of lock down restrictions and later, because I didn't want to pester my husband to drop me off somewhere only to have to come back for me a few hours later.
I decided to begin my walking pilgrimage by discovering the best Orkney walks that I could find within a few miles of Stromness, where we live.
There are quite a few mapping apps available to help walkers to organize our walks and save our memories.
I found one simple enough for a novice (me) to understand. It maps my walks, geotags photos and allows others to enjoy and download the maps, too.
Two nice things about the Ramblr app for geotagging and mapping walks:
1) It's free.
2) Your friends can enjoy photos of the best and most beautiful Orkney walks even if they're not able to enjoy these walks in person.
You can read a Q&A that I did with Rachel from Ramblr about walking in Orkney here.
I hope you enjoy using my Orkney walking maps and photos as you plan your own slow Orkney experience.
Click below to see my Orkney walking maps.
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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!