Viking Feast on the Beach 23 August – SOLD OUT

Mark welcomes you to Viking Feast on the Beach

Come for a Viking Feast on the Beach at the fabulous sandy beach of Scapa just outside of Kirkwall. Fun for all the family. No walking required. We meet at the car park by the beach toilets at Scapa at 6 pm. When arriving at Scapa we are met my our outdoor cook and ropemaker […]

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Viking Feast on the Beach 26 July – SOLD OUT

Viking Feast on the Beach

Come for a Viking Feast on the Beach at the fabulous sandy beach of Scapa just outside of Kirkwall. Fun for all the family. No walking required. We meet at the car park by the beach toilets at Scapa at 6 pm. When arriving at Scapa we are met my our outdoor cook and ropemaker […]

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Viking Voyage to Hoy 10 July

Fun Viking Voyage to Hoy. Orkney Viking hiking.

A full day Viking adventure in Hoy. After meeting in Stromness by the John Rae statue at 9.30 am for a safety briefing, we lay the modern world behind us and become Vikings for the day. We take the small passenger ferry from Stromness across to the island of Hoy. From Moaness pier we walk […]

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Viking Feast on the Beach 28 June – SOLD OUT

Viking Hiking: Welcome to Viking Orkney, with a feast on the beach!

Come for a Viking Feast on the Beach at the fabulous sandy beach of Scapa just outside of Kirkwall. Fun for all the family. No walking required. We meet at the car park by the beach toilets at Scapa at 6 pm. When arriving at Scapa we are met my our outdoor cook and ropemaker […]

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Viking Feast on the Beach 31 May – SOLD OUT

Viking Feast cooking over open fire. Viking Feast on the Beach, Orkney

Come for a Viking Feast on the Beach at the fabulous sandy beach of Scapa just outside of Kirkwall. Fun for all the family.

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Charity Pilgrimage on St Magnus Way

Birsay whalebone and Brough of Birsay

An Orkney pilgrimage On Easter Monday, probably in the year 1117, the earl of Orkney, Magnus Erlendsson, was murdered on his cousin’s orders. Magnus became Orkney’s eternal earl, enshrined in the magnificent Saint Magnus Cathedral. And astonishingly, his remains are still there, now safely hidden inside a pillar. The pilgrimage is open to people of […]

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New: St Magnus Orkney RUBY chocolate

St Magnus Orkney ruby chocolate is edible archaeology, and takes its design from the magnificent Norse 12th century cathedral, St Magnus in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands.
"St Magnus Orkney" is the new chocolate in our edible archaeology product selection. It takes its beautiful design from a consecration cross carved into the old red sandstone of the magnificent 12th century Norse cathedral, St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney. The original carving is to be found on the wall above where the shrine [...]Read more of New: St Magnus Orkney RUBY chocolate...

Archaeology in Orkney: What should I see? Handy map and bucket list

Looking into Skara Brae house 1, Skaill, Orkney
Are you coming to Orkney? Are you keen to see archaeology? Orkney is fantastic for archaeology! It's difficult to choose what to see or where to go. Therefore, I have helped you out with this handy map (link at the bottom). I would be happy to guide you, or you can visit on your own. [...]Read more of Archaeology in Orkney: What should I see? Handy map and bucket list...

Viking Hiking full day: 29/8

Viking Hiking: Welcome to Viking Orkney, with a feast on the beach!

Full day Viking Hiking: Stromness to Hoy   The day starts by taking a small passenger ferry from Stromness across to the island of Hoy. From Moaness pier we walk though the roadless valley between the famous Hills of Hoy, said in local folklore to have been dropped there by a giant when the strap […]

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Viking Hiking half day 25/7: morning

Viking Hiking in Orkney: Cooking over open fire. Viking Hiking tour. Outdoor activities Orkney.

Half day Viking Hiking: Starts from the centre of Orkney’s Viking capital Kirkwall. During the walk to Scapa beach, you will hear about why the Vikings chose to settle in Kirkwall and what they did there. Our walk traces the route that the Vikings took when using the natural harbours at either side of a narrow […]

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Viking Hiking half day 28/6 morning

Ragnhild Ljosland Orkney Viking Hiking guide

Try the Viking life! Viking Hiking with cooking over open fire, hands-on Viking crafts and skills, storytelling, song and dance.

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Viking Hiking: Launch!

Orkney Viking Hiking: A time travel adventure for all the family

Viking Hiking A new outdoor adventure tour Come and try the tour & Viking food Date: Tuesday 29th May Time: Choose between either 9.30 am – 12.30 pm or 2 pm – 5 pm Practical info: Meet at Kirkwall Travel Centre for a guided walk to Scapa Beach, where there will be Viking cooking over […]

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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 Christmas expedition to a Press Gang cave

The now very small entrance to the Press Gang Cave, used as a hide-out during the French-English and Napoleonic Wars.
Trying to catch some of the washed-out midwinter daylight in the Christmas holidays, we took my parents out on an expedition to find a hidden cave, which, according to local tradition, was used as a hide-out by Orkney lads not wishing to be enrolled in the navy. The Press Gang, as they were known, were [...]Read more of A Christmas expedition to a Press Gang cave...

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...

A Bronze-Age Sauna in Westray

Last Sunday, we got up early to catch the ferry to Westray for an open day at the Historic Scotland-funded archaeological excavation at the Links of Noltland, where Hazel Moore gave us a very engaging tour. While this is really a Neolithic site, consisting of a beautiful dwelling house and buildings round about, enclosed by […]

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