Orkney-related links on the Internet
Most of the links below are Orkney-related, but we have
included a few links to sites of interest with a wider Scottish or island connection.
. Recently added links appear at the top of the
If you'd like to suggest some more for inclusion, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of a curious nature you can also find
out about the latest UK News and Weather.
Flotta Web Guide - an excellent new website devoted to one of Orkney's
islands nestled within Scapa Flow, the island of Flotta.
Moar's Aerial Pictures - Alan's a pilot who has
been taking stunning aerial pictures over Scotland from the cockpit - here's
Northlink Orkney and Shetland
Ferries - Car and passenger ferry service to the Orkney Islands
A link to the new Orkney and Shetland ferry service
South Ronaldsay and
Burray Civil Death Registers: Extracted Index
A useful link for those researching their ancestors
Orkney Islands Sea Angling Association
Pages for the sea angling enthusiast
Island website sponsored by the Papay Development Trust
Orkney Trout Fishing Association
The web site of the Orkney Trout Fishing Association - Scotland's Premier Angling
George Mackay Brown
Site from Sue Tordoff, dedicated to the life and works of the 'Bard of Orkney'
Orkney Rugby Football Club
Keep up with results, fixtures and more
Orkney Health Board
Guide to the services provided by the local health board
The Island Hermitage
Home page of Christian Hermitage of Sr. Clare Julian on Eday.
Eday School Website
A site from one of the North Isles schools
Orkney Badminton Association
Check out the badminton fixtures, see how your local team is doing, and much
Your on-line guide to Orkney Blues 2000, October 13th-15th
St Magnus Centre Website
Site dedicated to the efforts to raise funds to refurbish the existing St Magnus
Hall and to add further facilities, including a visitor centre.
Learn how to carve wood courtesy of Orkney woodcarver Matthew Wilkinson!
On-line magazine with, each term, contributions from a different Orkney school
Another site from the Outer Isles - this time fromt the northernmost tip of
This island now has its own site
Orkney Sailing Club
For information on sailing and social events throughout the year, racing and
training programmes, and the history of the club.
Orkney Riding Club
Take a look here to keep up to date with Club events, buy new equipment, check
out other sites and maybe find your dream horse!
Environmental Concern Orkney
The official website of an important local pressure group - ECO
Winter Solstice Sunset at Maes Howe
- Victor Reijs' Website will feature images from a camera
placed inside Maes Howe, to provide a unique view of the winter solstice sunset
from within the 5,000 year-old chambered cairn. Broadcast from 8th December
Tait's Ba' Page
Pictures and commentary from previous years Ba games, with details of winners.
Photos of this years games will be posted during and after the events.
Westray Community School
Papay School now has its own website, complete with self-portraits of the
pupils - all six of them. Not just a school, but an outreach centre, meeting
place, library, darkroom, fitness suite...
- Skerryvore is a health practice in Kirkwall blazing
a trail on the Web with comprehensive practice information, links and a bulletin
- Kirkwall City Pipe Band are a mainstay of many special
public occasions in the Orkney events calendar. They now have their own Website
developed by drummer Alan Tullock, and it aims to be a focus for both former
and current members.
- Firth Primary School Headteacher John Moar has set
up a website for the Orkney Native Tree Group, with financial help from the
Millennium Forest Trust.
The Orkney Homecoming Website
- "During the 18th and 19th centuries, as many
as 90% of the Canadian-based employees of the Hudson's Bay Company were of
Orcadian descent, and it is our intention to celebrate this unique heritage
with a major Millennium project, The Orkney Homecoming."
- This is a truly ambitious project which reflects the hard work and commitment
of many people both in Orkney and in Canada - pay the website a visit and
find out more, we think you'll be truly impressed!
Firth School Website
- Firth Primary School have set up their own Web site,
under the watchful eye of headteacher John Moar. This site rightly won the
Scottish section of a recent Post Office sponsored competition for school
Websites. A shining example of what the Web is all about...
Lady Nancy MacCorkill's
Scone's Scottish Internet Book
- A fascinating Website containing lots of useful
references to 'All things Scottish and Celtic' - soon to feature
a page on the standing stones of Orkney. Well worth a visit!
Charles Tait's homepages
- Charles Tait is one of Orkney's best known photographers
and publishes a definitive guidebook. His homepages contain some fascinating
archeological information on Orkney, as well as information on Orkney's
famous Ba game.
Stromness Academy Website
- Stromness Academy is a secondary community school,
serving about 480 pupils, which was opened on the 11th of September, 1990.
The previous Stromness Public School/Stromness Academy was the school of George
Mackay Brown, the famous Orcadian novelist and poet.
Walt Custer's Orkney Genealogy
- Walt Custer's pages contain a wealth of genealogical
information regarding Orcadian surnames. The site now covers 215 surnames
with both birth/baptism and often also marriage indices. It contains over
70 megs of data and is being expanded constantly with additional surnames
being added based upon user requests. Information is available on the
- Aime, Allan, Anderson, Angus, Annal, Arcus,
Bain, Balfour, Ballantyne, Ballenden, Banks, Baikie, Baillie, Barnet, Begg,
Berstan, Bews, Bichan, Black, Brass, Bremner, Brock, Brodie, Brown, Budge,
Burgess, Caird, Caithness, Calder, Campbell, Chalmers, Chambers, Clouston,
Cock, Comloquoy, Cooper, Corrigal, Corsie, Cowper, Craigie, Crawford, Crear,
Cromarty, Croy, Cruickshank, Cumming, Cursiter, Cutt, Dass, Davidson, Davie,
Dearness, Delday, Dennison, Dick, Donaldson, Drever, Duncan, Dunnet, Durran,
Esson, Eunson, Farquhar, Fea, Fergus, Fiddler, Findlay, Finlay, Firth, Flaws,
Flett, Fotheringhame, Foubister, Foulis, Fraser, Frisken, Garrioch, Garson,
Gaudie, Gibson, Goar, Gorn, Gorrie, Grant, Gray, Grieve, Groat, Groundwater,
Gullion, Gunn, Gutcher, Guthrie, Halcro, Halliday, Hamiger, Harrold, Harvie,
Hay, Heddle, Hercus, Hewison, Hildie, Holland, Holm, Horrie, Hourie, Hourston,
Hume, Hutchison, Inkster, Irvine, Irving, Isbister, Johnston, Kaid, Kelday,
Kemp, Kent, Kirkness, Laing, Laird, Lamb, Laughton, Learmonth, Leask, Leith,
Lennie, Liddle, Linay, Linklater, Logie, Loutit, Lyon, Mainland, Manson, Marwick,
Mason, Matches, Meason, Melville, Meil, Michal, Michael, Mill, Milne, Mitchell,
Moar, Mode, Moodie, Morwick, Mowat, Muir, Munro, Murray, Nesbit, Nicolson,
Nisbet, Norquoy, Ogilvie, Omand, Paplay, Pauvy, Peace, Petrie, Reid, Rendall,
Rich, Ritch, Robertson, Robson, Rosie, Rousay, Ryrie, Sabiston, Sandison,
Scarth, Scott, Seatter, Shearer, Short, Sinclair, Skea, Slater, Smith, Spence,
Stevenson, Stewart, Stickler, Stokan, Stout, Stuart, Sutherland, Swanney,
Swanson, Tait, Taylor, Thomson, Towers, Towrie, Traill, Tulloch, Turfus Vallion,
Velzian, Wallace, Walls, Wards, Watt, Westray, Williamson, Wilson, Wishart,
Work, Wylie & Yorston.
Orkney Islands GENUKI Project
- Robert Marwick's comprehensive resource is an absolute
must for anyone interested in tracing their Orkney family history. It contains
a wealth of information, with many contact details for a host of Orkney-related
organisations and Internet resources.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Website
- Distinguished British composer and Orkney resident,
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies now has a very comprehensive Web site devoted
to his life and works. Orkney - its people and landscape, features heavily in Sir Peter's
music, who was a founder of our famous St Magnus Festival.
- A fascinating 118 year history of the recently closed
St Andrews' School, presented by Russell Manson. Pages of fascinating stories,
and large numbers of excellent photographs - A
- The Shetland News is Shetland's daily online
paper, regularly updated with topical stories of critical merit - definitely
not the usual provincial 'newsletter' stuff that often passes for a local
- Sigurd Towrie is an Orcadian with a keen interest
in photography and Orkney heritage and folklore. His well-researched and beautifully presented Website
reflect these interests, and a visit is an absolute must!
- The Stone Pages is a project undertaken by two
Italians who travel around Europe examining archeological sites, then adding
photos and descriptions to their web site. They've done some outstanding
work on a number of Orkney sites.
- The waters of Scapa Flow are famous for the rich
and often sad history associated with War. Scapa Flow is one of the premier
diving locations in Europe. This site gives the background to some of the
wrecks contained within its waters.
- A site based on the Black Isle, devoted to information
on Inverness, Moray, Nairn, and Ross and Cromarty.
- There is much useful information on this page,
especially some of the travel and contact details, and personal recommendations.
- This should prove a valuable resource for those researching
family histories and connections.
- Trevor Hunt, Minister for the parish of Firth (and
Orkney Presbytery secretary), has compiled some pages on the Orkney Presbytery
and on Orkney in general.
- Sanday resident Eric Stockton's magazine, 'The Lady
Godiva', contains personal views and essays on a wide range of topics.
- These are the three main newsgroups devoted to
the most appropriate cultural and geneaological discussions of Orkney-related
- Leicester University academic Clive Ruggles,
has made available these photographs of various Orkney archaeological sites.
Set your monitor depth to display 256 colours if you experience crashes
whilst viewing the images.
- Stuart Crowther, from John O' Groats, has written
this article on the story behind the world-famous Italian Chapel. He also
publishes The Last Post, a community newsletter
for John O' Groats.
- Bill Irvine is an Orcadian who left the Islands
in 1950, and now lives in British Columbia. His pages contain useful links
to genealogical sources and Scotland/Orkney related sites. His Family
History page makes fascinating reading.
He has also put up a page on Orkney Tour Guide Hazel Goar, who runs 'Orcadian Reflections'. Well worth a visit!
Orcadian Reflections - Guided tours of Orkney by Hazel Goar.
Brass - Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the
Celtic Jewellery - Rebekah Collins' online catalogue features a selection from