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Police tractor and lorry appeal

Police are looking to trace the driver of a tractor travelling east, near the Birsay Community Hall, last Wednesday night at 8.30pm. It is believed the driver may have information that will assist in the investigation of an incident that occurred near to this location. Information should be passed to Sergeant Keith Bendall, at Kirkwall […]

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The finished article — an Iron Age ring-headed pin based on the moulds found in South Ronaldsay this summer. (Archaeology Institute UHI)

Iron Age pin cast for the first time in 2,000 years

A piece of Iron Age jewellery has been recreated using clay moulds found at The Cairns excavation site this summer. Around 60 mould fragments, dating from the first to the third centuries AD, were found on site, in an area known to have been used for fine metalworking. Although the moulds were too fragile to […]

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Monday night/Tuesday morning saw more fine displays of the Aurora Borealis. This shot, from John Vetterlein, in Rousay, was taken looking north-west shortly after 1am this morning.

The show goes on . . .

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Maeshowe, with the Barnhouse Stone in the foreground. (www.theorcadianphotos.co.uk)

Maeshowe plans ‘less than ideal’, says MSP

While welcoming the plans to re-open Maeshowe this week, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has described the solution as “less than ideal.” Last week, Mr McArthur raised concerns over the closure with the culture secretary in Holyrood, describing her response as “optimistic”. He is now due to meet with HES’  chief executive, Alex Paterson, to take […]

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Meashowe will close to the public on September 26.

Maeshowe re-opening, with visitors bused in

Days after its planned closure due to safety concerns, Maeshowe will re-open to the public on Thursday, with visitors bused to the Stenness monument from Skara Brae, in Sandwick. Historic Environment Scotland confirmed the re-opening this afternoon, adding that the visitor centre and car park at Tormiston Mill will remain closed to the public, with […]

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‘Grand Tour’ broadcast date . . .

BBC Scotland has been in touch to say that it has mixed up its dates. The episode of Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands, featuring Orkney, will not air tonight, Monday, but is instead due to be broadcast on Monday, October 3, at 7.30pm.

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A stone and plaque commemorating Dr. John Rae was unveiled at Clestrain House in Orphir in 2015.

John Rae Society purchase Hall of Clestrain

The John Rae Society has announced that it has completed the purchase of the Hall of Clestrain from its current owners Ivan and Jean Craigie, and now plan to fully restore the building. The Hall of Clestrain, an 18th Century Palladian building situated in Orphir, was the childhood home of John Rae, the famous Orcadian […]

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Northern Lights, but little ‘dancing’

Sunday night saw a fine display of the Aurora Borealis. Out observing the phenomenon was Rousay-based astronomer John Vetterlein. He said: “There was an intense auroral glow lasting several hours from evening twilight. “There was little ‘dancing’ but rays were present and the glow became fragmented into patches at times, rising to an altitude of […]

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Police tractor and lorry appeal

Police are looking to trace the driver of a tractor travelling east, near the Birsay Community Hall, last Wednesday night at 8.30pm. It is believed the driver may have information that will assist in the investigation of an incident that occurred near to this location. Information should be passed to Sergeant Keith Bendall, at Kirkwall […]

Full Story

The finished article — an Iron Age ring-headed pin based on the moulds found in South Ronaldsay this summer. (Archaeology Institute UHI)

Iron Age pin cast for the first time in 2,000 years

A piece of Iron Age jewellery has been recreated using clay moulds found at The Cairns excavation site this summer. Around 60 mould fragments, dating from the first to the third centuries AD, were found on site, in an area known to have been used for fine metalworking. Although the moulds were too fragile to […]

Full Story

Maeshowe, with the Barnhouse Stone in the foreground. (www.theorcadianphotos.co.uk)

Maeshowe plans ‘less than ideal’, says MSP

While welcoming the plans to re-open Maeshowe this week, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has described the solution as “less than ideal.” Last week, Mr McArthur raised concerns over the closure with the culture secretary in Holyrood, describing her response as “optimistic”. He is now due to meet with HES’  chief executive, Alex Paterson, to take […]

Full Story

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‘Grand Tour’ broadcast date . . .

BBC Scotland has been in touch to say that it has mixed up its dates. The episode of Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands, featuring Orkney, will not air tonight, Monday, but is instead due to be broadcast on Monday, October 3, at 7.30pm.

Full Story

Monday night/Tuesday morning saw more fine displays of the Aurora Borealis. This shot, from John Vetterlein, in Rousay, was taken looking north-west shortly after 1am this morning.

The show goes on . . .

Full Story

Meashowe will close to the public on September 26.

Maeshowe re-opening, with visitors bused in

Days after its planned closure due to safety concerns, Maeshowe will re-open to the public on Thursday, with visitors bused to the Stenness monument from Skara Brae, in Sandwick. Historic Environment Scotland confirmed the re-opening this afternoon, adding that the visitor centre and car park at Tormiston Mill will remain closed to the public, with […]

Full Story

A stone and plaque commemorating Dr. John Rae was unveiled at Clestrain House in Orphir in 2015.

John Rae Society purchase Hall of Clestrain

The John Rae Society has announced that it has completed the purchase of the Hall of Clestrain from its current owners Ivan and Jean Craigie, and now plan to fully restore the building. The Hall of Clestrain, an 18th Century Palladian building situated in Orphir, was the childhood home of John Rae, the famous Orcadian […]

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