”One of my favourite walks on my local patch, this 2-3 mile circular walk follows a path along the Orphir coastline with views out over Scapa Flow and the islands. Discover the wildlife that you can find in a variety of habitats, including a small pocket of woodland. The walk is on a mixture of paths and quiet roads."
To mark the 25th anniversary of friendship and collaboration between Orkney International Science Festival and the Slovenian Science Foundation, this year Festival is opened by two people at the start of their careers. Dr Gavin Woodbridge from North Ronaldsay graduated this year in medicine. Dr Zarja Muršič is a science journalist in Slovenia.
Speakers bring the latest news from pioneering projects that are opening possible ways to decarbonise Orkney’s ferries and planes. We’ll hear how Kirkwall airport is being used as a testbed for low-carbon flight alternatives, and on the progress of plans to trial hydrogen technology on MV Shapinsay.
The stars and their origins are the theme of three works by the Scottish composer Edward McGuire – interwoven here with stories from the Scottish Borders of lives connected by astronomy and space. Each of the five stars is represented by a separate instrument, with the first trumpet for the brightest, fiery Capella. Howie Firth’s text for the linking narrative and its Borders theme was inspired by many conversations with a lifelong friend of the Festival from Jedburgh, the late Dr Tim Dolan.