Mysteries

Devil’s clawmarks, Sanday

The so called Devil's Clawmarks, Ladykirk, Sanday.
The so called Devil's Clawmarks, Ladykirk, Sanday. In the island of Sanday, there is a village and a parish both called Lady, after the old Ladykirk there. The church is now a roofless ruin, but you can still climb up the stone stairs that once led from the outside to the upper level. On the [...]Read more of Devil’s clawmarks, Sanday...

The mystery of the rune disc

The rune inscribed stone disc (OR 1) from Stackrue Broch.
This glorious Sunday we spent in Lyking, trying to get to the bottom of a mystery. We had invited Andrea Blendl along: She is doing a PhD on runic inscriptions, and I (Raggie) am one of her supervisors. Andrea had for some time tried to find out more about the history of a rune inscribed [...]Read more of The mystery of the rune disc...

The magic of New Year’s Day

Happy New Year! I had some good news today: The Brodgar chocolates have been flying off the shelves in Stromness. So it seems that I need to get out of holiday mode and get my chocolate tools out of the drawer again! Also, I’m delighted to say that I’m working on some gorgeous new Pictish […]

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Kit Huntling’s

At last, after two failed attempts, we have conquered Kit Huntling’s. This is a site far away into the peat hills between Harray and Evie parishes. We first tried to get to it from the wrong direction, which meant wading through waist-deep heather and climbing the ups and downs of rows and rows of old […]

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Yesnaby’s natural wonders

We had a great day out today, admiring Yesnaby’s natural wonders. Yesnaby is the steep cliffs along the Orkney Mainland’s west coast, so on a windy day such as today we had to hold onto our hats — and children! But the waves were all the more spectacular! Crashing over the clifftops, shooting foam balls […]

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A mysterious patterned stone found on the shore in Rendall

New Year’s Eve 2015 Much to be discovered along the coast in Rendall today. We parked by the “doo-cot”, a beehive type dovecot [Link: https://canmore.org.uk/site/2688/hall-of-rendall-dovecot] which acted as the winter live meat larder for the Hall of Rendall. From there, there’s a good view of Gairsay, where the notorious 12th century pirate Sveinn Asleifarson once […]

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