Pilgrimage along St Magnus Way, Orkney

We are currently developing this tour. Dates and booking information will appear shortly, once things have been finalised.

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.

In the footsteps of Saint Magnus

We follow the pilgrimage route, the Saint Magnus Way, from the tiny island of Egilsay where Magnus was martyred, along the stunning coast to Birsay where the first miracles happened at his initial burial place. We drink from the sacred Manswell.

Our next days take us along the route where the relics of Saint Magnus were carried on their way to a new home in the 12th century Saint Magnus Cathedral.

Along the way, we take time to enjoy nature and wildlife, and each other’s company, and reflect on what it means to be a modern day pilgrim. Your guide will share local tradition, folk stories and read from Orkney literature.

Saint Magnus church, Birsay
Saint Magnus church, Birsay
Ragnhild Ljosland Orkney Tourist Guide