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Plummer, Carolus (2003). Venerabilis Baedae Historiam Ecclesiasticam[ Ecclesiastical History of Bede]. Gorgias Press. ISBN 978-1-59333-028-6. [ permanent dead link] Right next to Skara Brae, you can visit the Skaill House: how a family home was in the 1950s and the tales related to the discovery of Skara Brae. Skaill House #8 – Brough of Birsay During the Iron Age, inhabitants of the island traded with the Romans, and later the Gaels began significantly influencing the culture of the island. Between the late 8th century and early 9th century, Norwegian settlers trooped to Shetland and Orkney Islands. Vikings used the islands to pirate and rob Norway and Mainland Scotland. In 875, Harald Fairhair, a Norwegian king, annexed both Orkney and Shetland and later handed over the Northern Isles to his relative Rognvald Eysteinsson as an earldom. It was during Norse rule that the islands shifted from Pagan traditions to practicing Christianity, but little is known about how that change occurred. Italian chapel: located on Lamb Holm, a small island between Mainland and South Ronaldsay – built by Italians during the Second world war You can also use the new Go-Hi Travel App to plan, book and pay for your travel and accommodation across the Highlands & Islands.

Flotta just east of Hoy is dominated by an oil terminal at its north end, the rest is farmland. The Houton-Hoy ferry calls here. Candidates and Constituency Assessments". alba.org.uk – "The almanac of Scottish elections and politics". Retrieved 9 February 2010.In mid-2023, many Orcadians savoured the idea of leaving the UK and joining Norway instead, due to years of underfunding and neglect from Westminister and Edinburgh. Other options that were considered include the islands becoming a crown dependency similar to IoM or the Channel Islands, or to become an autonomous region similar to the Faroe Islands. Pentland Ferries run sailings between Gills Bay and St Margaret’s Hope, with its purpose-built catamaran.

Egilsay where Earl Magnus was martyred and Wyre are served by the Rousay ferry. There's no transport to Gairsay or Eynhallow. Mykura, W. (with contributions by Flinn, D. & May, F.) (1976) British Regional Geology: Orkney and Shetland. Institute of Geological Sciences. Natural Environment Council.Scapa Scuba, Lifeboat House, Stromness KW16 3DA, ☏ +44 1856 851218, [email protected]. PADI centre, diving Scapa and elsewhere in Orkney. ( updated Jun 2018) Lawrence, Martin (2003) The Yachtsman's Pilot: North and East Scotland. St Ives. Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson, p. 108. The Festival of the Horse and the Boys' Ploughing Match". Orknejyar. Archived from the original on 16 November 2011 . Retrieved 6 April 2012. The coastline is well known for its colourful flowers including sea aster, sea squill, sea thrift, common sea-lavender, bell and common heather. The Scottish primrose is found only on the coasts of Orkney and nearby Caithness and Sutherland. [104] [226] Although stands of trees are generally rare, a small forest named Happy Valley with 700 trees and lush gardens was created from a boggy hillside near Stenness during the second half of the 20th century. [229]

Orkney crowned best place to live in the UK in Halifax quality of life survey". Sky News. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019 . Retrieved 28 May 2019.Below is a simple Orkney Islands Map to give you an idea of the locations of the isles compared to Mainland Orkney. Just to get you oriented. Orkney Islands Map How to get to Mainland Orkney – Ferry or Flight If you don’t want to drive all the way to the North, you can also take a longer ferry from Aberdeen (on the East Coast of Scotland) to Kirwall Other small settlements include Finstown on the main road between Kirkwall and Stromness. This is the turn-off for Tingwall (ferry for Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre), and eventually the road winds round the north coast to Birsay; Houton south of Stromness is the ferry terminal for Lyness in Hoy, and for Flotta; and Deerness the eastern promontory of Mainland is farmland riven by the sea-chasm of The Gloup. Grant, Alistair (4 April 2019). "Pioneering Orkney energy project offers glimpse of fossil fuel-free future". HeraldScotland. The Herald (Glasgow). Archived from the original on 4 April 2019 . Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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