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21 hours ago
59 Degrees North

Plenty of “free” power today from the Spurness wind farm in Sanday. The 5 turbines produce 10MW, that’s enough for 12,000 homes! ... See MoreSee Less

Plenty of “free” power today from the Spurness wind farm in Sanday. The 5 turbines produce 10MW, that’s enough for 12,000 homes!
2 days ago
59 Degrees North

Wow what a sunrise this morning. We’re back from a short motorhome holiday around the highlands, catching up with all your print orders and full of new ideas. Cafe building continues and we’re another week closer! ... See MoreSee Less

Wow what a sunrise this morning. We’re back from a short motorhome holiday around the highlands, catching up with all your print orders and full of new ideas. Cafe building continues and we’re another week closer!
7 days ago
59 Degrees North

Don’t forget you can charge your e-bike whilst you stop at our motorhome aire.
#ebike #aire #motorhomeaire #visitorkney #visitscotland #motorhome #orkney #electricbike
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Don’t forget you can charge your e-bike whilst you stop at our motorhome aire. 
#ebike #aire #motorhomeaire #visitorkney #visitscotland #motorhome #orkney #electricbike
1 week ago
59 Degrees North

DOG FOOD PRICE INCREASE - Unfortunately due to ever rising costs throughout the industry, we have had to increase the price of our raw, frozen dog food. Most ranges have had a small increase, but beef & venison have seen a larger rise. Lamb chunks & mince aren't currently available we simply cannot source at anything close to a reasonable price at the moment. Our supplier has absorbed all these price increases over the last year and kept the price increase as low as possible. ... See MoreSee Less

DOG FOOD PRICE INCREASE - Unfortunately due to ever rising costs throughout the industry, we have had to increase the price of our raw, frozen dog food. Most ranges have had a small increase, but beef & venison have seen a larger rise. Lamb chunks & mince arent currently available we simply cannot source at anything close to a reasonable price at the moment. Our supplier has absorbed all these price increases over the last year and kept the price increase as low as possible.
1 week ago
59 Degrees North

When we moved to Orkney, we were told about its mild winters. You definitely can’t say the same for Braemar as even the phone boxes have woolly jumpers! ... See MoreSee Less

When we moved to Orkney, we were told about its mild winters. You definitely can’t say the same for Braemar as even the phone boxes have woolly jumpers!
2 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

Garnett PG has been busy tiling the pizza and bakery kitchen and it’s starting to look amazing 🤩 ... See MoreSee Less

Garnett PG has been busy tiling the pizza and bakery kitchen and it’s starting to look amazing 🤩Image attachmentImage attachment
2 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

Tonight marks the eve of the 82nd anniversary of the sinking of HMS Royal Oak, so it felt a fitting time to visit the memorial garden at Scapa Beach and find the memorial buoy.

On the night of 13/14 August 1939, HMS Royal Oak was at anchor under the cliffs at Gaitnip, Holm, acting as a floating anti-aircraft battery to protect the east side of Scapa Flow and the town of Kirkwall. The German U-boat U-47 slipped through the defences, entering Scapa Flowa and fired 4 torpedos sinking the Royal Oak in just 13 minutes. 835 men lost their lives. The wreck of Royal Oak is now a designated war grave, an annual ceremony marks the loss of the ship where Royal Navy divers place a White Ensign underwater at her stern.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
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2 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

We can’t promise a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but you will find a rather splendid place to park your motorhome! www.59-degreesnorth.co.uk/motorhome-aire/ #aire #motorhome #motorhomeaire #orkney #visitsanday #visitorkney #visitscotland ... See MoreSee Less

We can’t promise a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but you will find a rather splendid place to park your motorhome! https://www.59-degreesnorth.co.uk/motorhome-aire/ #aire #motorhome #motorhomeaire #orkney #visitsanday #visitorkney #visitscotland

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Looks great!

3 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

The Earl Thorfinn at Kettletoft Pier in 1939. The pier has moved to Loth and the boats are (a little) more modern, but I wonder how long it took then compared to now to get over to Kirkwall? ... See MoreSee Less

The Earl Thorfinn at Kettletoft Pier in 1939. The pier has moved to Loth and the boats are (a little) more modern, but I wonder how long it took then compared to now to get over to Kirkwall?
3 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

This week (as well as Christmas) we’ve been busy designing and printing two rather splendid 2022 Sanday calendars.

One has 12 stunning Sanday landscapes and the other is Sanday in days gone by, with images from the past. They’ll be available in the shops, but If you’d like to order them online, here’s your link.
We post worldwide!
www.59-degreesnorth.co.uk/product-category/cards/
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This week (as well as Christmas) we’ve been busy designing and printing two rather splendid 2022 Sanday calendars. 

One has 12 stunning Sanday landscapes and the other is Sanday in days gone by, with images from the past. They’ll be available in the shops, but If you’d like to order them online, here’s your link. 
We post worldwide!
https://www.59-degreesnorth.co.uk/product-category/cards/
3 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

After a beautiful morning, we’re rewarded with this stunner! ... See MoreSee Less

After a beautiful morning, we’re rewarded with this stunner!
4 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

We’ll what a day yesterday was! It started with a very moody sunrise, followed by the holy grail of sky watching, the northern lights. Known locally as the Merry Dancers, the aurora borealis are energised particles from the sun hitting the earths magnetic field at around 45 million mph!
#northernlights #merrydancers #skywatching #Wow #science #visitscotland #visitorkney #visitsanday
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We’ll what a day yesterday was! It started with a very moody sunrise, followed by the holy grail of sky watching, the northern lights. Known locally as the Merry Dancers, the aurora borealis are energised particles from the sun hitting the earths magnetic field at around 45 million mph! 
#northernlights #merrydancers #skywatching #Wow #science #visitscotland #visitorkney #visitsandayImage attachmentImage attachment
4 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

Moody sunset over Sanday tonight!
#nofilter #sunset
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Moody sunset over Sanday tonight!
#nofilter #sunset
4 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

Shoot cards printed today for an old school friend, she’s now 768 miles away but we’ve known each other for 32 years! Thanks for the order 😃
#printing #cards #printedcards #shoot #shooting #ShootingSupplies #oldfriends #schoolfriends
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Shoot cards printed today for an old school friend, she’s now 768 miles away but we’ve known each other for 32 years! Thanks for the order 😃
#printing #cards #printedcards #shoot #shooting #ShootingSupplies #oldfriends #schoolfriends
4 weeks ago
59 Degrees North

Very pleased to see more overnight motorhome spaces in the Great Western Road car park in Kirkwall. It now takes 13 motorhomes, perfect for a bit of local sightseeing before heading over for a stop with us at Orkney’s first motorhome aire. Great work OIC Updates #aire #motorhome #vanlife #travel #visitorkney #visitscotland #visitssanday ... See MoreSee Less

Very pleased to see more overnight motorhome spaces in the Great Western Road car park in Kirkwall. It now takes 13 motorhomes, perfect for a bit of local sightseeing before heading over for a stop with us at Orkney’s first motorhome aire. Great work OIC Updates #aire #motorhome #vanlife #travel #visitorkney #visitscotland #visitssandayImage attachment

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Weather looks absolutely dreadful.... how on earth do you manage?? 🤣🤣

1 month ago
59 Degrees North

Sanday’s Pizzeria is almost ready!

We’ll shortly be designing and testing our new menu and this is where we need your help. We’d love your opinion!

What do you want from your island’s new food business?

We’ve designed this short questionnaire to ensure we offer what you want. As a thank you for completing this survey, we are offering a free garlic bread for every completed survey (one per person).

Please return completed surveys back to us by the end of October 2021.

Printed copies will be in your October Sanday Sound.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MXPRQSX
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Sanday’s Pizzeria is almost ready!

We’ll shortly be designing and testing our new menu and this is where we need your help. We’d love your opinion! 

What do you want from your island’s new food business?

We’ve designed this short questionnaire to ensure we offer what you want. As a thank you for completing this survey, we are offering a free garlic bread for every completed survey (one per person).

Please return completed surveys back to us by the end of October 2021.

Printed copies will be in your October Sanday Sound.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MXPRQSX

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It will be amazing!

1 month ago
59 Degrees North

Stunning colours in the sky today.
#nofilter #sanday #visitsanday #orkney
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Stunning colours in the sky today.
#nofilter #sanday #visitsanday #orkney
1 month ago
59 Degrees North

No panic buying here, plenty of fuel and both the shops are we’ll stocked, they better not start panic buying chocolate next or I’ll grind to a halt!I have opened early to let the masses in, its clear at the moment folks 🤦‍♂️😂 ... See MoreSee Less

No panic buying here, plenty of fuel and both the shops are we’ll stocked, they better not start panic buying chocolate next or I’ll grind to a halt!

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You are about to be inundated with people coming over just for fuel!!

It’s bad here, Jon. 🥺

1 month ago
59 Degrees North

It was a little breezy overnight which always whips the sea up. I’m still amazed by its power and relentlessness even although these waves were only about five feet tall! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
59 Degrees North

What an amazing moon we had last night!
According to a few astrological sites, we are expecting a reasonable view of the northern lights tonight, but we are also expecting strong winds from 0:00-0:600 so watch this space….
#merrydancers #northernlights #moon
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What an amazing moon we had last night!
According to a few astrological sites, we are expecting a reasonable view of the northern lights tonight, but we are also expecting strong winds from 0:00-0:600 so watch this space…. 
#merrydancers #northernlights #moon

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Got this through the telescope last night in Stove . It was beautiful. Got a view of the space station too.... Well an elongated dot anyway. It scoots by at a heck of a rate of knots....

Always struggle with the dancers when there’s a bright moon.

Just in time to welcome Clare back home!

1 month ago
59 Degrees North

It’s the first time I’ve seen two giant cruise ships in town together! Here’s a time lapse of the Sanday ferry leaving Kirkwall today. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
59 Degrees North

There’s a sunrise every day, but this mornings was rather spectacular and the best thing…. it’s absolutely free!
Have a great day all 🌞
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There’s a sunrise every day, but this mornings was rather spectacular and the best thing…. it’s absolutely free! 
Have a great day all 🌞
1 month ago
59 Degrees North

ARRR! It’s #TalkLikeAPirateDay today!!
There’s some great Orkney Pirate tales, like these from Orkney Library & Archive, give them a follow if you don’t already, their social media is awsome!
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1 month ago
59 Degrees North

*** Pizzeria Staff wanted ***

We are aiming to open our pizza takeaway in November and are looking for staff.

About you...
We need someone who's passionate and knowledgeable about pizza, so you'll have worked in a fresh food kitchen as a chef or pizzaiolo.
You'll be a pro at stretching dough by hand and cooking bases in a wood-fired oven - there are no conveyor belts here!
Our open plan pizza kitchen is the cornerstone of our catering business so you'll need to be able to manage your own time between prepping, cooking and cleaning to maintain a spotless working environment (with help from the rest of the team of course).

About us...
A family run business, including print studio, café, bakery, pizzeria and motorhome Aire
Genuine concern for the happiness of our crew and customers
A company that nurtures ambition and presents opportunities for those who want them
A company with a conscience, championing ways to be greener
A fair, inclusive family, treating everyone within as equals
Custodians of the best of standards in everything that we do
Basically, a jolly nice place to work!

How to apply...
Email jon@59-degreesnorth.co.uk and tell us why you are the person we should choose!
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*** Pizzeria Staff wanted ***

We are aiming to open our pizza takeaway in November and are looking for staff. 

About you...
We need someone whos passionate and knowledgeable about pizza, so youll have worked in a fresh food kitchen as a chef or pizzaiolo. 
Youll be a pro at stretching dough by hand and cooking bases in a wood-fired oven - there are no conveyor belts here! 
Our open plan pizza kitchen is the cornerstone of our catering business so youll need to be able to manage your own time between prepping, cooking and cleaning to maintain a spotless working environment (with help from the rest of the team of course).

About us...
A family run business, including print studio, café, bakery, pizzeria and motorhome Aire
Genuine concern for the happiness of our crew and customers
A company that nurtures ambition and presents opportunities for those who want them 
A company with a conscience, championing ways to be greener
A fair, inclusive family, treating everyone within as equals
Custodians of the best of standards in everything that we do
Basically, a jolly nice place to work!

How to apply...
Email jon@59-degreesnorth.co.uk and tell us why you are the person we should choose!

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Where this will be ? On Sanday Island or ? Kirkwall?

1 month ago
59 Degrees North

The Orkney Flag, or St Magnus’ Cross, is a community flag proclaiming the unique identity of our historic county.

For many years Orkney used a flag with a red Scandinavian cross on gold, but the Lord Lyon, who controls flags in Scotland, refused to register it as it was too similar to the arms of the Earls of Ulster. In 2007 Orkney Council held a competition to select a new flag. This was won by Duncan Tullock of Birsay. Lord Lyon approved this design.
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The Orkney Flag, or St Magnus’ Cross, is a community flag proclaiming the unique identity of our historic county.

For many years Orkney used a flag with a red Scandinavian cross on gold, but the Lord Lyon, who controls flags in Scotland, refused to register it as it was too similar to the arms of the Earls of Ulster. In 2007 Orkney Council held a competition to select a new flag. This was won by Duncan Tullock of Birsay. Lord Lyon approved this design.
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

If you’re about in Sanday today or tomorrow, then you have to pop into the Craft Hub. It’s open from 11am to 3pm, on the left side as you enter Kettletoft. You can pick up all sorts of locally made crafts, gifts and cards and make sure there’s always time for a rather tasty slice of home made cake too! #cake #localcrafts #localart #visitsanday #visitorkney #crafthub ... See MoreSee Less

If you’re about in Sanday today or tomorrow, then you have to pop into the Craft Hub. It’s open from 11am to 3pm, on the left side as you enter Kettletoft. You can pick up all sorts of locally made crafts, gifts and cards and make sure there’s always time for a rather tasty slice of home made cake too! #cake #localcrafts #localart #visitsanday #visitorkney #crafthubImage attachmentImage attachment
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Building work is now in full swing and we're making a start on our kitchen. As part of our ethos, we want to source as many of our ingredients locally, so we have have signed up with Scotland The Bread. It's a collaborative project to establish a Scottish flour and bread supply that is healthy, equitable, locally controlled and sustainable. The idea is simple: grow nutritious wheat and bake it properly close to home.

We've had our first delivery of Balcaskie Landrace organic wholemeal wheat flour, slowly milled from a diverse mixture of historic grain varieties, formed initially of historic varieties Rouge d’Ecosse, Golden Drop & Hunter’s. We can't wait to get baking with it now!
#baking #bread #freshfood #islandlife #orkney #sanday #visitsanday #visitorkney #visitscotlandnow #visitscotland
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Building work is now in full swing and were making a start on our kitchen. As part of our ethos, we want to source as many of our ingredients locally, so we have have signed up with Scotland The Bread. Its a collaborative project to establish a Scottish flour and bread supply that is healthy, equitable, locally controlled and sustainable. The idea is simple: grow nutritious wheat and bake it properly close to home.

Weve had our first delivery of Balcaskie Landrace organic wholemeal wheat flour, slowly milled from a diverse mixture of historic grain varieties, formed initially of historic varieties Rouge d’Ecosse, Golden Drop & Hunter’s. We cant wait to get baking with it now!
#baking #bread #freshfood #islandlife #orkney #sanday #visitsanday #visitorkney #visitscotlandnow #visitscotland
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

The wildflower meadow got its annual trim today. Once it’s dried out a little it’ll be bailed and used to help feed the cows over winter. Not allowing the cut grass to rot down and feed the meadow, helps to ensure the wild flowers flourish next year. Thanks to John for getting it done.
#wildflowers #meadow #wildflowermeadow #nativeplants #orkneyislands #orkneymeadow
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The wildflower meadow got its annual trim today. Once it’s dried out a little it’ll be bailed and used to help feed the cows over winter. Not allowing the cut grass to rot down and feed the meadow, helps to ensure the wild flowers flourish next year. Thanks to  John for getting it done.
#wildflowers #meadow #wildflowermeadow #nativeplants #orkneyislands #orkneymeadow
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Where else can you stop for a few nights in your motorhome and have it’s name added to the front of your van!
#printer #Motorhome #Orkney #Aire
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Where else can you stop for a few nights in your motorhome and have it’s name added to the front of your van! 
#printer #Motorhome #Orkney #Aire

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Stunning views 🥰

Whaaaaaaat?!!! You didn't tell me that was an option!!

Love it

Top work JC

2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Last spotted heading towards Sanday around 40 minutes ago, it’s only 11km away, so this amazing pod of Orca could be heading our way very shortly! ... See MoreSee Less

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Oh wow would have loved to see them hunting!!

2 months ago
59 Degrees North

It’s amazing the difference that some giant planters make! We’ve planted a big windbreak and 6 up-cycled crabbing boxes with New Zealand flax, Crocosmia and Celmisia that should give a beautiful display next year. 40 wheelbarrows of soil, 450L of compost and 110 plants. Time for a well earned 🍻 now! #plantingseason #plants #flax #visitsanday #visitorkney #visitscotland #bringinthebees #bee #wildlife #aire #motorhome ... See MoreSee Less

It’s amazing the difference that some giant planters make! We’ve planted a big windbreak and 6 up-cycled crabbing boxes with New Zealand flax, Crocosmia and Celmisia that should give a beautiful display next year. 40 wheelbarrows of soil, 450L of compost and 110 plants. Time for a well earned 🍻 now! #plantingseason #plants #flax #visitsanday #visitorkney #visitscotland #bringinthebees #bee #wildlife #aire #motorhomeImage attachmentImage attachment
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Fancy a round of golf on the one of the most scenic and secluded spots in Scottish golf? Whilst visiting Sanday, why not have a round at Sanday Golf Club.

Course Description
Orkney has 5 courses, with Sanday perhaps the most enjoyable of them. It is a fun-sized links offering golfers the chance to play a round in one of the most scenic and secluded spots in Scottish golf. Sanday's golfers believe club fees are the lowest in the Uk! For just £10 a day you can enjoy the island's charming 9-hole course (2,600 yards, par 35).
Summer competitions are on Tuesday evenings, and visitors are welcome – an assortment of clubs can be made available at short notice. If you prefer to play by yourself, you'll find a card and can pay your fee through the honesty-box attached to the Clubhouse.

KEY FEATURES
Type: Links
Length: 6200
Par: 35

Location
2m north of Lady, on the B9069
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Fancy a round of golf on the one of the most scenic and secluded spots in Scottish golf? Whilst visiting Sanday, why not have a round at Sanday Golf Club.

Course Description
Orkney has 5 courses, with Sanday perhaps the most enjoyable of them. It is a fun-sized links offering golfers the chance to play a round in one of the most scenic and secluded spots in Scottish golf. Sandays golfers believe club fees are the lowest in the Uk! For just £10 a day you can enjoy the islands charming 9-hole course (2,600 yards, par 35).
Summer competitions are on Tuesday evenings, and visitors are welcome – an assortment of clubs can be made available at short notice. If you prefer to play by yourself, youll find a card and can pay your fee through the honesty-box attached to the Clubhouse.

KEY FEATURES
Type: Links
Length: 6200
Par: 35

Location
2m north of Lady, on the B9069
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

If you are over in Stromness this weekend, then pop in and see some of Susan’s stunning work Boyd & Grogan. She’s set the bar high for our new team.The next in our Orkney and the Artist series of exhibitions - celebrating the important role that artists play in our community - opens on Saturday (4 September)

The exhibition by Orkney artists Boyd & Grogan highlights and explores aspects of a woman’s role and position within our society.

#PierArtsCentre #OrkneyandtheArtist #Stromness #BoydandGrogan
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If you are over in Stromness this weekend, then pop in and see some of Susan’s stunning work Boyd & Grogan. She’s set the bar high for our new team.
2 months ago
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2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Miles of Sandy beaches ✅
Dog friendly ✅
Stunning views ✅
Tropical weather ❎ (well almost!)
Tranquility ✅
Safety ✅
#visitorkney #visitsanday #orkney #beachbum #vizslasofinstagram #vizsla #backaskaill #beachlife #beachdogs #lovethebeach #orkneyislands
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Looks almost tropical!!

Such beautiful, clean, clear water 🥰

2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Now the nights are starting to draw in, it was dark enough to get a first glimpse of the norther lights last night. It was a very clear night with many stars to see, even Jupiter and some of its moons could be spotted with binoculars! ... See MoreSee Less

Now the nights are starting to draw in, it was dark enough to get a first glimpse of the norther lights last night. It was a very clear night with many stars to see, even Jupiter and some of its moons could be spotted with binoculars!Image attachment
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Today it’s #InternationalDogDay so here’s our two ginger ninjas Isla and Eden. They love doing everything and nothing and don’t have an in between setting!

#vizsla #orkneyislands #sanday #visitsanday #InternationalDogDay #internationaldogday2021 #beachbums #beachdogs #lovethebeach
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Today it’s #InternationalDogDay so here’s our two ginger ninjas Isla and Eden. They love doing everything and nothing and don’t have an in between setting! 

#vizsla #orkneyislands #sanday #visitsanday #InternationalDogDay #internationaldogday2021 #beachbums #beachdogs #lovethebeach

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My two Orkney Beach Bums too 🐾🐾❤

Great photo 🥰

2 months ago
59 Degrees North

They say that if you scratch the surface of Orkney, it bleeds history. Well, how true that is, as currently there is an archaeological dig which is revealing a stunning chambered tomb from Neolithic times, right here in Sanday!

The project is a joint venture between University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and National Museums of Scotland (NMS). Tresness chambered tomb is located on the southern tip of the Tresness peninsula, Sanday.

If you are here in Sanday, then pop along to say hello, if not then there is a dig diary and blog to keep you updated with all the latest information. tresnesschamberedtomb.wordpress.com/blog/
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They say that if you scratch the surface of Orkney, it bleeds history. Well, how true that is, as currently there is an archaeological dig which is revealing a stunning chambered tomb from Neolithic times, right here in Sanday!

The project is a joint venture between University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and National Museums of Scotland (NMS). Tresness chambered tomb is located on the southern tip of the Tresness peninsula, Sanday. 

If you are here in Sanday, then pop along to say hello, if not then there is a dig diary and blog to keep you updated with all the latest information. https://tresnesschamberedtomb.wordpress.com/blog/Image attachment
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

A beautiful new range of mugs, key rings, cards and coasters that we’ve printed for Orkney Wildlife Photography is now available exclusively at Sinclair General Stores Sanday, they are stunning so you’d better get there quickly! 🤩 📷 📸 ... See MoreSee Less

A beautiful new range of mugs, key rings, cards and coasters that we’ve printed for Orkney Wildlife Photography is now available exclusively at Sinclair General Stores Sanday, they are stunning so you’d better get there quickly! 🤩 📷 📸Image attachment
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Orphir Round Kirk is located in Orphir Parish on the Mainland of Orkney and is well worth a visit. It consisted of an apse on the eastern side of its 6-metre wide circular nave. It is thought to have been built by jarl (earl) Haakon Paulsson (earl from 1103 to 1123) as penance for murdering his cousin and co-ruler Magnus Erlendsson (later Saint Magnus) in the late 11th or early 12th century.

The saga refers to a "large drinking-hall" with a "magnificent church" nearby. The remains of the drinking hall, known as the Earl's Bu, can still be seen, as well as a later Norse horizontal watermill.
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Orphir Round Kirk is located in Orphir Parish on the Mainland of Orkney and is well worth a visit. It consisted of an apse on the eastern side of its 6-metre wide circular nave. It is thought to have been built by jarl (earl) Haakon Paulsson (earl from 1103 to 1123) as penance for murdering his cousin and co-ruler Magnus Erlendsson (later Saint Magnus) in the late 11th or early 12th century. 

The saga refers to a large drinking-hall with a magnificent church nearby. The remains of the drinking hall, known as the Earls Bu, can still be seen, as well as a later Norse horizontal watermill.
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

We’re still in mainland Orkney, where we stepped back 5,000 years to explore one of Europe's best-preserved prehistoric settlements.

The Neolithic village of Skara Brae lies near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the site presents a remarkable picture of life in Orkney around 5,000 years ago.
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We’re still in mainland Orkney, where we stepped back 5,000 years to explore one of Europes best-preserved prehistoric settlements.

The Neolithic village of Skara Brae lies near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the site presents a remarkable picture of life in Orkney around 5,000 years ago.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Andrew wanted to visit this when we came over. Looks fab.

2 months ago
59 Degrees North

We’re over on mainland Orkney for a few days this week and there’s a whole load of things opening up again now. One you definitely should fit in is Ness Battery in Stromness. It’s an amazing WWI and WWII gun battery that’s in amazing condition. You need to book to get a tour, here’s the details nessbattery.co.uk.
#nessbattery #wwii #wwi #visitorkney #visitscotland #orkney #staycation
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We’re over on mainland Orkney for a few days this week and there’s a whole load of things opening up again now. One you definitely should fit in is Ness Battery in Stromness. It’s an amazing WWI and WWII gun battery that’s in amazing condition. You need to book to get a tour, here’s the details http://nessbattery.co.uk.
#nessbattery #wwii #wwi #visitorkney #visitscotland #orkney #staycationImage attachmentImage attachment
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Today we visited the Sanday Heritage Centre, its an amazing place where you can learn about Sanday history throughout the ages. We’ll bring you some of the amazing facts we found out over the coming months, but todays was these Pelargoniums. They are descended from a plant that was on the ship the Athena, which was wrecked in 1886.

When the Athena ran aground somewhere near Start Point in July 1886, local fishermen helped to rescue the crew. They brought them ashore and took them into their homes. After the ship was declared a total wreck, the crew members were taken back out to salvage what they could of their belongings. Amongst the skipper’s effects was a Pelargonium which he gave to the lady of the croft that took him in. The family kept the plant going, taking cuttings from it to ensure that it survived even if the parent plant was lost over winter. The Daughter, who was the last in line of the family living in Sanday, found herself unable to look after her greenhouse as she got older and so passed the parent plant onto a local gardener. He still has the plant and takes cuttings most years, usually 4 or 6 just for insurance and kindly gifted one to the Heritage Centre!
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Today we visited the Sanday Heritage Centre, its an amazing place where you can learn about Sanday history throughout the ages. We’ll bring you some of the amazing facts we found out over the coming months, but todays was these Pelargoniums. They are descended from a plant that was on the ship the Athena, which was wrecked in 1886.

When the Athena ran aground somewhere near Start Point in July 1886, local fishermen helped to rescue the crew. They brought them ashore and took them into their homes. After the ship was declared a total wreck, the crew members were taken back out to salvage what they could of their belongings. Amongst the skipper’s effects was a Pelargonium which he gave to the lady of the croft that took him in. The family kept the plant going, taking cuttings from it to ensure that it survived even if the parent plant was lost over winter. The Daughter, who was the last in line of the family living in Sanday, found herself unable to look after her greenhouse as she got older and so passed the parent plant onto a local gardener. He still has the plant and takes cuttings most years, usually 4 or 6 just for insurance and kindly gifted one to the Heritage Centre!Image attachment
2 months ago
59 Degrees North

Fans of bacon butties will be pleased to hear that the on board catering service on ferries to Sanday is up and running again from today! 😁🐽🐽***Ferries catering resumes***

Fans of bacon butties on Orkney Ferries' sailings to the Outer North Isles will be pleased to hear that the on board catering service is up and running again from today.

On offer will be all of the old favourites including hot and cold drinks, filled rolls and snacks.

Manager of Orkney Ferries, Andrew Blake, said: “We’re delighted to be restoring on board catering again on North Isles sailings now that the easing of COVID-19 restrictions allow this – we know it has been a big miss and want to thank our passengers for their patience and understanding to date.

“We’d just remind passengers that face coverings are still required when moving about the ferry, and the Scottish Government is still recommending physical distancing where possible, especially indoors, so for example when queuing for food.”
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Fans of bacon butties will be pleased to hear that the on board catering service on ferries to Sanday is up and running again from today! 😁🐽🐽