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Orkney earl’s raven banner flies again in Manx stamps

A new set of stamps from the Isle of Man marks the 1000th anniversary today of an Irish battle fought by an Orkney earl with a raven banner. The Battle of Clontarf, on Good Friday, 23 April 1014, was a turning-point for the power of the Norse and Danes in Ireland. The Irish high king, [...]

April 23, 2014 Carol Kitson NEWS Comments Off
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Orkney Nature Festival programme launched

Seals and otters, sea trips and coastal walks, curlews and hen harriers – that’s all part of a wealth of treats in store in this year’s Orkney Nature Festival, the programme for which has now been announced. There are outings to islands – to Auskerry to see spring migrants, seabirds and cetaceans; to Switha, with [...]

March 3, 2014 Howie Firth NEWS Comments Off
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Festivals by the sea to collaborate

Two Scottish festivals are to work together to bring more visitors to Scotland. The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy will collaborate with Orkney International Science Festival to give each an added boost in promotion in the UK and overseas, and particularly Scandinavia. The Portsoy festival, now in its 21st year, gathers together boats and [...]

March 3, 2014 Howie Firth NEWS Comments Off

Greetings for the New Year!

We send season’s greetings to everyone, with every good wish for the new year ahead, with thanks to so many people who have helped us through the past year – the many writers here on Frontiers magazine, to several thousand people who have been reading it, and to all the people who helped to make [...]

December 30, 2013 Howie Firth NEWS Comments Off
One of only 30 - the special limited edition of Highland Park produced to honour John Rae

Raise a glass to John Rae!

A special bottle of single malt whisky from Highland Park helped Orkney International Science Festival mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Arctic explorer John Rae. Talks on Rae have been a frequent feature of the Festival since its outset, and for this year’s events Highland Park provided support through a limited edition of [...]

September 27, 2013 Howie Firth NEWS Comments Off

Orkney’s Big 5

Scottish Natural Heritage have announced the results of the voting for Orkney Big 5 – the five species regarded as most special amongst the wide range of Orkney’s wildlife. Over a thousand people voted through the month of August for their ‘favourite five’, starting from the time of the County Show, and SNH announced the [...]

September 27, 2013 Christine Skene NEWS Comments Off
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10 Years of Wave and Tide

It is easy to become blasé about the fact that the technology to harvest wave and tidal energy is being seen routinely on Hatston Pier, at Lyness, or going out past Stromness to Billia Croo. The strange machines being seen around Orkney are the results of years of development work by individual and often isolated [...]

September 3, 2013 Neil Kermode NEWS Comments Off

New website highlights Festival and Orkney

The new Orkney International Science Festival website is now in place – and it provides a diverse and multicoloured picture of the Festival itself and its Orkney island setting. There are photos and videos of Orkney, including an introduction to its geology at the west shore of Stromness, and pictures from the various islands, along [...]

May 29, 2013 Howie Firth NEWS Comments Off

A year of events to honour John Rae

A rich mix of events will take place across Orkney in the months ahead to mark the bicentenary of one of the greatest Orcadians of all time, the Arctic explorer John Rae. Stromness, from where the ships of the Hudson’s Bay Company used to carry supplies and men to the ‘Nor Wast’, is the focus [...]

March 7, 2013 Sarah Jane Gibbon NEWS 0
Momentum for Maxwell

Momentum for Maxwell – gearing up for 2015

Momentum is growing for 2015, which has been designated as the International Year of Light. It is the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the greatest scientific papers of all time – the paper in which James Clerk Maxwell showed that light consists of electromagnetic waves. Maxwell’s work is the basis for all [...]

March 6, 2013 Howie Firth NEWS 0