Walking Through the Past: Orkneys Special
Number 1 new release in Walking on Amazon AU - September 2015.


You can buy my guide to walks on Orkney in the following formats:

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#17 History > Ancient Civilizations on Kindle US (1/10/15)
#78 History > Ancient on Kindle AU (1/9/15)

Learn a bit more about The Orkneys

The Orkneys are a set of islands off the north coast of Scotland. They are sparsely populated and much of the land is open moor. The larger islands are cut by sea lochs. The highest point on the mainland of Orkney is Ward Hill at 268m.
Walks on Orkney are never far from the sea. The rugged coast is a draw for walking, more so than the interior. However, some of my routes do go off the beaten track into the hills.

The islands have a wealth of Neolithic sites. There are many stone circles and vast numbers of chambered cairns. The stalled cairn is a local variation, with upright slabs separating rooms along the corridor. There are even some stone-built Neolithic villages.
The Bronze Age is represented by some round cairns, often burnt mounds. Several round huts have been excavated. On the shorelines lie hundreds of brochs. These Iron Age towers are in various states of repair but many stand tall.
The Picts, Celts and Vikings have left their marks, both with new construction and raiding of earlier burial places. Their settlements of each can be found, often succeeding each other on the same site. Throughout this time the Christian church struggled through. There are several early places of worship. The islands have retained a close link with Scandinavia, only returning to Scottish rule in comparatively recent history. There is still a Norwegian consulate.

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