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Day trip to Hoy with the Vikings, the moon is coming to Stromness, and other things to do in Orkney in late August and early September

Viking Hiking day trip to Hoy. Travel with the Vikings and enjoy a Viking feast on the beach at Rackwick
What to do in Orkney in August/September? It's late in the summer, but many visitors find that Orkney is just as beautiful in the shoulder season - This is also when the community wakes up again after the summer holidays, and things start getting busy with festivals, concerts and other happenings. So here is a [...]Read more of Day trip to Hoy with the Vikings, the moon is coming to Stromness, and other things to do in Orkney in late August and early September...

Valentine of the ocean: A sea heart’s astonishing journey from the tropical rain forests of America to the Orkney Islands

Nature's own Valentine: A Molucca Bean, or Sea Heart, is a tropical seed from the Monkey Ladder vine. It has been carried by the ocean currents from central America to the Orkney Islands.
A Molucca Bean, or Sea Heart, is a tropical seed from the Monkey Ladder vine. It has been carried by the ocean currents from central America to the Orkney Islands. Chris finds a Sea Heart, also known as a Molucca Bean, at Marwick Bay, Orkney. Nature's own Valentine Today we were blessed with the most [...]Read more of Valentine of the ocean: A sea heart’s astonishing journey from the tropical rain forests of America to the Orkney Islands...

A pilgrimage in sleet

St Magnus Way: Across the Orphir hills in sleet and snow, December 2017. The sun glowing golden on the horizon over Scapa Flow between sleety showers.
St Magnus Way: Across the Orphir hills in sleet and snow, December 2017. The sun glowing golden on the horizon over Scapa Flow between sleety showers. The Round Kirk, Orphir. 12th Century. Believed to have been commissioned by Earl Hakon Palsson, killer of St Magnus, after a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Firth and Orphir on a [...]Read more of A pilgrimage in sleet...

Seal safari, South Ronaldsay

Seal Islands Newborn seal pups are a gorgeous sight. Pure white, with huge, dark eyes and heart-shaped puppy noses, suckling their mothers, shuffling about on the sand, scratching themselves or each other with their little flippers. They are born in the late autumn, so November is the best time to see them. The mother seals [...]Read more of Seal safari, South Ronaldsay...