Walks & Outdoors

It’s a chance to see a transformation in the landscape and hear its story from its designer and the originator of the idea – Arcadia Park in Kirkwall is becoming a haven of trees and flowers.

And there’s an opportunity to walk an ancient landscape with people who know it in so much detail, and its ancient plants and animals as well. There’s a walk on the Ness of Brodgar site led by the director of the excavations there, with the latest news on their progress just days after their completion for another year. There’s also a walk from the Brodgar stones to those at Stenness, accompanied by archaeologists and researchers into archaeobotany and zooarchaeology.

We’ll be adding in here soon the details of two walks to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bessie Skea, who wrote about Orkney wildlife and land and sea so lyrically. There will be a walk to the Loch of Wasdale, and an outing to Rousay.


September 9 → 10:00 am12:00 pm

Come for a tour with Paul Green who designed the community park and Bob Mackenzie who came up with the original idea. You’ll see the signs of natural soil restoration and the results of all the community planting efforts, and make your own contribution by planting two trees which will be provided.


September 9 → 11:00 am12:00 pm

Join the director of the Ness of Brodgar excavations, Nick Card, for an off-season walk around the site where this summer’s excavations have just been completed. Hear about the wider landscape around the Ness and the news from this year’s dig, along with some of the particularly interesting finds.


September 10 → 3:00 pm4:30 pm

Walk from the Ring of Brodgar to the Stones of Stenness, stopping off at the Ness of Brodgar and Barnhouse Neolithic village, for an insight into landscape features, archaeology, plants and animals past and present. Join the HES Rangers and Kath Page, PhD researcher in zooarchaeology at UHI, prehistoric archaeologist Dr Ben Elliott of UHI, and Sue Dyke, postgraduate researcher in environmental archaeology at UHI, to explore the Archaeobotany and Zooarchaeology of the World Heritage Site.

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