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Memories of an Orkney Childhood
In My Small Corner: Memories of an Orkney Childhood

Orkney Illustrated Architectural Guide
Orkney: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS Illustrated Architectural Guides to Scotland)

The Life of George Mackay Brown
The Life of George Mackay Brown: Through the Eye of a Needle

Recipes from the Orkney Islands
Recipes from
the Orkney Islands

The Kirkwall Ba
The Kirkwall BA': From the Water to the...

Lines on the Landscape
Lines on the Landscape, Circles from the...the Sky: Monuments of Neolithic Orkney

The Orkney Book

Walks in Orkney (Clan Walk Guides S.)

Northern Scotland Map
Northern Scotland, Orkney and Shetland...

The Bull and the Barriers
The Bull and the Barriers: The Wrecks of... Scapa Flow

Nightmare at Scapa Flow: Truth About the...

This Great Harbour Scapa Flow

Scapa
Scapa

Orkney and Shetland Tourist Map
Orkney and Shetland (Official Tourist... Map

Orkney & Shetland Leisure Map

Orkney Southern Isles
Orkney - Southern Isles (Landranger Maps)

Orkney and Shetland Steamers
Orkney and Shetland Steamers

Neolithnic Orkney
Neolithnic Orkney in Its European...

An Orkney Feast
An Orkney Feast: A Collection of Orkney...

St.Magnus Festival
St.Magnus Festival: A Celebration

The Norn Language of Orkney and Shetland
The Norn Language of Orkney and Shetland

Orkney and Shetland Geology
Orkney and Shetland (British Regional... Geology)

Images in Time
Images in Time: v. 2

Images in Time
Images in Time: Orkney Life Through the... v.1

Low's History of Orkney

Orkney Ornithologist
'Eddie': An Orkney Ornithologist Remembered



Orkney Books

Orkney Exploring Scotland's Heritage

Orkney (Exploring Scotland's Heritage) This work is part of the "Exploring Scotland's Heritage" series which provides an introduction to the archaeological heritage of Scotland. This volume looks at the archaeological heritage of Orkney. Orkney Books.

World Heritage OrkneyBetween the Wind and the Water. World Heritage Orkney. The archaeological sites of Orkney give us an unparalleled glimpse into prehistory. Inscribed as the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney' World Heritage Site in 1999, four great monuments - the village of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness and the burial mound of Maeshowe - are also at the centre of the archipelago's story. Caroline Wickham-Jones looks at what makes these monuments so special. She explores the Neolithic world in which they were built, how they come to be a focus through the ages, and what they mean today. Picts, saints, Vikings, antiquarians and tourists populate Orkney's past: a history which is channelled - like the sun entering Maeshowe on the winter solstice, through these 'dances of stones'. Between the Wind and the Water: World Heritage Orkney.

Orkney and ShetlandOrkney and Shetland together consist of more than 170 islands and islets. Once remote from outside influence, they are now reaping the benefits of parliamentary devolution, oil, tourism and modern communications, while still managing to preserve their individual characters and traditions unspoilt by commercialisation. The islands have much to offer the discerning visitor. Nature lovers will find wild flowers, some of which are found nowhere else on earth, and land and marine wildlife including whales, dolphins and otters. Fishermen can catch fighting trout and salmon in the lochs while divers will find clean water plus the prospect of diving for treasure off Shetland. Bird watchers can see merlins, skuas, puffins, fulmars and kittiwakes while those interested in history will find the richest archaeological legacy in the British Isles, including ancient stone circles, standing stones, burial chambers and Viking treasures. Walkers, cyclists, canoeists, yachtsmen and kayakers can all pursue their individual sports in the islands stunning countryside. Scottish Islands, Orkney and Shetland, will lead the visitor to sights and places that might otherwise be missed, including how to book a bed in a lighthouse or a castle, where to find the best preserved Stone Age village in Europe, how to find the best of the islands traditional folk music and where to buy the finest Shetland jerseys and lace. Orkney and Shetland: Scottish Islands (Scottish Islands: Orkney & Shetland).

Orkney and Shetland Sea KayakingOrkney and Shetland Sea Kayaking. Their relative isolation, stunning scenery and Norse history make Orkney and Shetland a very special place. For the sea kayaker Scottish island archipelagos are particularly rewarding, none more so than these. Illustrated with superb colour photographs and useful maps throughout, this book is a practical guide to help you select and plan trips. It will provide inspiration for future voyages and a souvenir of journeys undertaken. As well as providing essential information on where to start and finish, distances, times and tidal information, this book does much to stimulate interest in the environment. It is full of facts and anecdotes about local history, geology, scenery, seabirds and sea mammals. The Northern Isles: Orkney and Shetland Sea Kayaking.

Early English Settlement of Orkney and ShetlandEarly English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland. In this new book by one of Britain's foremost experts in mediaeval linguistics and history, Dr Graeme Davis counters popular historical belief by proposing that there was a Saxon settlement in both Orkney and Shetland during the fourth century AD. The Saxons were a minority group, and were ultimately subsumed into the Norwegian Viking population which migrated to the islands from around AD 790, but they had a four-hundred year presence in the islands, and constitute one of the first English settlements in the British Isles. Basing his thesis on extensive linguistic, historical and archaeological research, Dr Davis challenges some of the longest held beliefs about the settlement of Orkney and Shetland and casts a new light on the origins and history of the first island settlers. The Early English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland.

Scar: A Viking Age Boat Burial in Orkney The story of a remarkable Viking boat grave at Scar in Orkney, rescued by archaeologists in 1991, just before winter storms finally claimed it. The boat's wealthy cargo included three people: a man of about 20, a child of 10 or 11, and a woman astonishingly old for the time, probably in her 70s.

The Secret ScrollSecret Scroll Although references to this famous order of military knights rarely appears in standard histories of the time, a great deal of information about them can be gleaned from other, more esoteric sources, such as sculpture and architecture.Suppressed by Philip of France out of greed, the Templars were gradually driven underground in more and more European countries. Yet they continued to exist, still guarding the knowledge and relics that they had gathered for the defence of the Holy Land. It is this that connects all this to Henry St Clair, Earl of Orkney and Grand Master of the Knights Templar and discoverer of America. All of these threads come together in one extraordinary scroll still in Kirkwall which reveals in full the secrets of the Knights Templar. Orkney Books

Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the... Earls of Orkney. Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is an intriguing fusion of myth, legend and history. The only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, it tells of an era when the islands were still part of the Viking world, beginning with their conquest by the kings of Norway in the ninth century. The saga describes the subsequent history of the Earldom of Orkney and the adventures of great Norsemen such as Sigurd the Powerful, St Magnus the Martyr and Hrolf, the conqueror of Normandy. Savagely powerful and poetic, this is a fascinating depiction of an age of brutal battles, murder, sorcery and bitter family feuds. Orkney Books.

Orkney Island Guide

Orkney (Pevensey Island Guides) Remote, romantic and often mysterious, the islands off the coast of Scotland hold a strong fascination for thousands of visitors each year. Focusing on Orkney, this title is one of a series of illustrated guidebooks providing information on heritage, landscape, climate, flora and fauna. Orkney Books.

The New History of Orkney

The New History of Orkney A fully-revised new edition of the major modern history of Orkney. This major modern history of Orkney is now in a fully-revised new edition. The story of the islands is an enthralling one. Surviving monuments testify to a busy prehistoric period; the Vikings raided and traded over centuries; the great Earldom of the Orkneyinga Saga was established in the Middle Ages; and during two world wars Orkney was crucial to naval strategy. Orkney Books.

The Islands of Orkney

The Islands of Orkney Colin Baxter Photography.

Orkney: A Historical Guide (Birlinn... Historical Guides) The Orkney Islands lie 20 miles north of mainland Scotland and were first given to the country as compensation for non-payment of a queen's dowry in 1472. This guide presents a chronological history of the islands from prehistoric times to the industrial age. Orkney Books.

Orkney Nature

Orkney Nature The Orkneys have been strangely neglected by naturalists when compared to Shetland or western Scotland, although they have long been a place of pilgrimage for archaeologists and historians. This book is an antidote to the neglect, making available the islands' animals, plants, and scenic history to casual readers as well as to specialists. The Orkney Islands are a special place, both in terms of their natural history and human inhabitants. Their rich coastal habitats lost significant seabird colonies and marine communities. Their northerly position provides a major land fall for migratory birds. In human terms, traditional lifestyles of fishing and crafting vie with modern industries, such as oil, leading to conflicts of both human and wildlife conservation dimensions. This book paints a broad picture of the natural and manmade environments. Orkney Books.

The Scots Fiddle: Tunes, Tales and... Traditions of the Western Highlands, Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland v. 3.

Scotland's Northern Lights

Scotland's Northern Lights: Lighthouses... of the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Some of Scotland's and the world's most spectacular lighthouses are located in the Northern Isles. This books discusses all 21 major lighthouses in the area most of which were built by the famous Stevenson family of lighthouses. The first and last Stevenson-engineered lighthouses are among them.

The Northern Isles Orkney and Shetland

The Northern Isles: Orkney and Shetland This volume is designed as a contribution to European ethnology. The Northern Isles, Orkney and Shetland, were and are a crossroad of North-Atlantic Europe, and that is the context in which they are placed in this book. The common factors and differences between Orkney and Shetland are charted against the competing influences of Scandinavia and Scotland. Orkney Books.

Scottish Islands Orkney and Shetland

Scottish Islands: Orkney and Shetland... This is a detailed guide for all visitors to the magical islands of Orkney and Shetland with their stunning coastal scenery, unique flora and fauna and rich archaeological heritage. This revised and updated edition is packed with up-to-date information, tips and advice. Orkney Books.

The Grand Scuttle: The Sinking of the... German Fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919. At Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919, there occurred a very unusual event in naval history. The German Admiral in charge of 74 of his countries warships ordered that the fleet be scuttled. The High Sees Fleet of the German Royal Navy was one of the most formidable ever built, yet 52 of the ships were deliberately sent to the bottom of the British Grand Fleet's principal anchorage at Orkney. The book reports that Admiral Ludwig von Reuter became the only man in history to sink his own navy on the strength of a misleading report in a four-day old British newspaper; the Royal Navy guessed his intention but could do nothing about it; the sinking produced the last casualties and the last prisoners of the war. The author looks at the events leading up to and including the scuttling.

World Heritage Orkney IslandsBetween the Wind and the Water: World Heritage Orkney The archaeological sites of Orkney give us an unparalleled glimpse into prehistory. Inscribed as the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney' World Heritage Site in 1999, four great monuments; the village of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness and the burial mound of Maeshowe - are also at the centre of the archipelago's story. Caroline Wickham-Jones looks at what makes these monuments so special. She explores the Neolithic world in which they were built, how they come to be a focus through the ages, and what they mean today. Picts, saints, Vikings, antiquarians and tourists populate Orkney's past: a history which is channelled, like the sun entering Maeshowe on the winter solstice, through these 'dances of stones'.

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