Outdoors

We’re going out into the fresh air on various occasions this year, covering topics ranging from energy to archaeology. You can learn about wave and tidal power, see fuel cells, seek out a site where earls feasted, walk a route of rocks and sea views and stories.

Overall, this is an opportunity to visit places you might normally see, with people providing first-hand insight. Make sure you’re dressed for the weather – just in case!

OCEAN ENERGY OPEN DAY

September 1 → 12:30 pm2:30 pm

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) hosts an Open Day at its Billia Croo wave energy test site. Learn about Orkney’s waves and tides and the technology being developed to harness their energy, meet some of the EMEC team, tour the site and see some of the environmental monitoring equipment. Admission free.

HYDROGEN FUEL CELL OPEN DAY

September 2 → 11:00 am1:00 pm

Join EMEC’s hydrogen team at the Kirkwall Pier hydrogen fuel cell to find out about the process of producing hydrogen from renewable energy. They'll describe how Orkney's becoming a focal point for green hydrogen developments and the varied uses of hydrogen for decarbonising heat, power and transport. Admission free.

OUTING: WILDFLOWER SEED COLLECTION

September 3 → 10:00 am12:00 pm

Take the first step in developing your wildlife garden by joining biodiversity specialist Eileen Summers in looking for wild seeds in the park. We'll be joined by its designer, Paul Green, ethnobotanist Anna Canning with information about plant uses, and artist Lin Chau showing how seeds and leaves can be incorporated into paper.

SITE VISIT: WHERE THE EARLS FEASTED

September 3 → 10:30 am12:30 pm

A tour of the Earl’s Bu site in Orphir, from the Round Church to the site of a horizontal mill, accompanied by archaeologist Dr Colleen Batey and rounded off by a brown bag lunch of Orkney fare, with the kind of items that might have been enjoyed by the Earls themselves!

STROMNESS SHORELINE RAMBLE

September 4 → 10:00 am11:30 am

See some of the Museum’s natural history collection, then set off to the Point of Ness and beyond to see seashells and stromatolites, granite rocks and wildflowers. On the way there are stories about famous naturalists such as Hugh Miller and Robert Rendall, and views across the harbour from the cannon and across Hoy Sound.

OPEN DAY: WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION

September 4 → 10:00 am3:00 pm

Come and join the Orkney Native Wildlife Project at the Ring of Brodgar and explore every part of the world's largest stoat eradication project. There is no charge for this event.

OUTING: THE RING OF BRODGAR

September 4 → 3:00 pm4:00 pm

This guided walk with Rangers Sandra Miller and Elaine Clarke of Historic Environment Scotland explains more about the site, its history, archaeological investigations and its place in Orkney's Neolithic past. Howie Firth accompanies them to highlight some of the astronomical questions raised over the years.

DROP-IN: CETACEAN WATCHING

September 6 → 11:00 am4:00 pm

Drop by to meet volunteers from Orkney Marine Mammal Research Initiative (OMMRI), who will let you have a look through their telescope and share information about their work and how to identify different species.

DROP-IN: WHALE AND DOLPHIN SPOTTING WITH SHOREWATCH

September 7 → 3:00 pm6:00 pm

Join Whale and Dolphin Conservation at Yesnaby car park to watch out for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Over-18s only. There is no charge for this event.

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