“our islands magic is that the landscape and seascape are ever present and very near”

Dr. Ragnhild Ljosland

Lying just a few miles off the north east coast of Scotland, Orkney is truly unique in character. It’s 70 islands and skerries boast stunning scenery, charismatic beaches, divine local delicacies and history dating back more than 5,000 years. Although belonging to Scotland, Orkney very much has it’s own identity and its Norse roots are still apparent to this day (along with Shetland, Orkney belonged to Norway until the 15th Century).

The natives of Orkney are referred to as “Orcadians”. A typical native Orcadian as summarised by author J. Gunn in Orkney – The Magnetic North:

“In general terms the visitor will find Orkney folk to be a well grown, well-nourished folk, deliberate but purposeful in their movements, kindly and good humoured, willing to meet half way, though somewhat shy and reserved, and glad to accept as a friend one who shows his appreciation of the glamour of the islands, for the natives are strongly patriotic in this respect. Their language is English, but in the pronunciation of this English every district differs from every other. Many of the words still in the Orkney vernacular are Norse.”

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