The first titles are links which lead to other pages on Orkneyology where the story was originally placed and where you can find more details.
All the other tales on this page are the rough and ready versions.
Tales especially for the bairns are here.
* Check back regularly for new stories.
Hear about the Stromness weather witches of long ago and learn why you should never steal a witch's duck!
A haunting poem by Orkney poet Edwin Muir
A humorous tale from Orkney's beloved Happy Valley
What happens when giants get carried away with their dancing?
Hear the story of Orkney's patron saint, the Norse earl Magnus Erlendsson. (Settle in with a cup of tea. This one's a longer tale, as any self-respecting saga should be.)
What does a young pirate from Orkney have to do with the Odin Stone? (Bairn warning - somewhat gruesome)
Why do you never see faeries in Orkney's West Mainland anymore?
The tale of Tam Bichan, who mysteriously disappeared one midsummer day
How did the Hattie Man stone come to Graemsay?
How Orcadian men - and women - dealt with the dreaded press gangs during the Napoleonic Wars
The tragic tale of a nasty laird and his unfortunate wife
The true story of a ship wrecked near the island of Graemsay and the good that came of the tragedy
The Orkney Islands folktale of a fairy mound
Tom wants to correct his mention of the dig at Howe. It was 1978, not 1977.
The story of the storm witch of Westray, based on a real person
Áine King's wonderful short play is performed by local artists Jennifer Wrigley, Bruce Mainland and Antony Hodgson, who recorded the story at Áine and Antony's beautiful home, Highland Park House.
A tale from the Viking age that explains why the sea is salt
A legend from the Viking age
A tale from the Orkneyinga Saga
A selkie tale from Orkney
An Orkney finfolk tale
Illustration by our dear friend, Bryce Wilson
A strange thing happens when a Stronsay lady is unhappy in her marriage
A selkie story/song collaboration between Tom and our dear friends Katarina Juvančič and Dejan Lapanja.
A wartime story of the clever folks living on the island of Graemsay
An ancient Orkney tale of seasons
A Swedish tale of a magical bride
A tale from the magical Trowie Glen on the island of Hoy
A folktale from the Orkney island of Sanday
A Faroese tale dealing with the harshness sometimes found in in humans ... and forgiveness.
Please note: sensitive listeners may find this wise tale upsetting. Proceed with caution.
How to get rid of an unwanted fairy
Always do a favor for a selkie if you can. It's the right thing to do, anyway, but there's another reason ...
The true story of where farts go after ... well, you know
The true story of a shipwreck on the rocks of the Orkney island of Westray ... with a Muir family twist at the end!
A cautionary tale from the Scottish Travellers
An ancient Celtic myth
A folktale from Caithness showing that a seal isn't always what it seems to be
An old Orkney myth
An old Orkney Islands story about a giant from Caithness who loved to garden
An Icelandic tale showing why you should spend your money while you can
A traditional Orkney Islands folk tale about a magic vanishing island
An unexpected turn of events when villagers kill a horrible giant (Warning: a bit gruesome, but only in the fairytale way that bairns love)
A tale of three brothers who want to rule the kingdom - but which is the wisest?
Would you wash three magical heads in a well if they asked you to? Find out why you might want to consider it, if it ever happens to you.
Scottish Traveller's tale about a pot with a mind of its own
Sometimes a good heart is more important than a wise head.
A Scottish Cinderella tale
A Scottish Rumplestiltskin tale
A Viking age creation tale
A Shetland tale of generosity and kindness
Dedicated to Shetland storyteller and our dear friend
~ Lawrence Tulloch ~
Tom retells the classic Norwegian folktale
A Scottish Travellers' tale about what's really important
What not to do if you ever get your own house trow.
The tale of two devoted stepsisters, one of them particularly clever
A Shetland folk tale: a fiddler gets a surprising - and fortuitous - invitation.
A tale from Wales showing why you must never misuse a fairy's gift
The legend of how Ireland's Giant's Causeway came to be
A traditional Slovenian folktale
A folktale from Germany that teaches how to deal with pesky water sprites
A traditional folk story from Italy about a brave, young girl and her adventures
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!