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The following are a brief selection of links to complement, and expand on, the information found on this website. Links to more specific topics can be found throughout Orkneyjar.

History and Archaeology
Bullet UHI Archaeology Institute
Bullet Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA)
Bullet Orkney Archaeology Society - supporting archaeology in Orkney.
Bullet The Ness of Brodgar excavations.
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) - features a searchable database of monuments as well as an impressive online map, showing all sites of historical interest. Requires registration.
Orkney Heritage - The Orkney Islands Council department dealing with the county's heritage, museum services and historical sites.
The Brough of Deerness and the Viking Age Diaspora : Excavations over the past two year has begun to shed light on this islet, and the settlement on top.
Birsay-Skaill landscape archaeology project: Since 2003, survey and geophysics have been carried out at two locations on the west mainland of Orkney, at Birsay Bay and the Bay of Skaill.
The Papar Project — Investigating the enigmatic pre-Norse clergy of northern Scotland.
The Quoygrew Excavation: A site detailing the ongoing archaeological investigations at Quoygrew Viking settlement on Westray undertaken by the University of York. The work began began in 1997 and is investigating the relationship between aspects of the 11th century transition from the Viking Age to the Middle Ages in Norse Scotland.
The Stone Pages. A site created by two Italian friends, Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi, covering all things megalithic. We met Paula and Diego in June 1998 while they were in Orkney as part of their Ancient Scotland Tour.
The Megalith Map - A resource for finding any stone circle or row in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
Charles Tait's Maeshowe Site. It was in December 1997, that a camera was first placed within the Neolithic tomb of Maeshowe and the phenomenon of the winter solstice sunset was broadcast over the internet. For more details of this and subsequent events, see this site.
Bullet St Magnus Cathedral - a superb site from SCRAN, documenting the history of the cathedral, from the phases of its construction to modern day use.
Historic Scotland - The agency within the Scottish Executive directly responsible for safeguarding the nation's built heritage. Stewards of Maeshowe, Skara Brae, Broch o' Gurness among others.

Culture, Heritage and Literature
Bullet Orkney Heritage Society
Bullet Westray Heritage Centre
Button Research Orkney - Do you want to know more about the heritage of Orkney? Research Orkney provides a professional research, advisory and consultancy service dedicated to Orkney's Heritage; be it cultural, historical, archaeological, onomastic, toponymic, topographical or genealogical.
George Mackay Brown - Bard of Orkney: Until his death, in April 1996, George Mackay Brown was a common sight walking through the streets of his beloved Stromness. A man of immense humility and literary skill, George's writing has captivated me since childhood, the first GMB book I bought being Pictures in the Cave, way back in Primary School. I still have the book. Battered and a little dog-eared, it sits in pride of place in my library of other GMB works. This ambitious website that aims to be the definitive online resource relating to GMB.
Bullet Heritage North, Discover the past, today. Heritage North - website covering the heritage of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Museums Council, the site has a directory of Museums, Heritage Centres and Organisations in the Highlands and Islands as well as Heritage event listings in the area. Also available are monthly features on Highland and Islands Museums.
The Icelandic Sagas

Genealogy Sites - click here for more details

Tours and Tour Guides
Orkney Tourist Guides Association - OTGA has over 40 accredited guides with invaluable local knowledge of all aspects of Orkney.
Orkney Archaeology Tours - tour Orkney's sites with a professional archaeologist.
Five Senses - an Orkney-based business with a focus on cultural tours,ancient skills and independence in the outdoors.

Transport - travelling to and in Orkney
Visit Orkney - The website of the Orkney Tourist Board. Includes accommodation, what's on and travel details.
Ridgway Travel - When your travel agent says WHERE?!! Call Orkney's leading travel agent.
Northlink Orkney and Shetland Ferries: How to get here - car and passenger ferry service to the Orkney and Shetland islands
Pentland Ferries - quickest vehicle ferry crossing: just one hour between Caithness and St. Margarets Hope, South Ronaldsay.
John o' Groats Ferries - passenger ferry service from John O' Groats. runs from 1st May to 30th September.
Orkney Ferries - Internal ferry service, operating seven ferries between Orkney Mainland and thirteen of the smaller islands.
Orkney Car Hire - There's no doubt the best way to see Orkney is by car - in conjunction with the internal ferries.