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St Lucia’s Day is 13th December and used to mark the winter solstice under the Julian calendar.  It is especially celebrated in Scandinavia.  Traditionally a young girl wears a crown of candles and a white dress with a red sash.  The festival predates Christianity and coincides with the ancient festival

Local Webcams

- We have linked to a number of webcams at locations all over Orkney, providing live streams of Maeshowe, Sandy Ranger seal cam and the views onto Kirkwall harbour. We will be adding additional webcams so please check back again soon. Orkney Nature Webcams This is the RSPB’s ‘Divercam’ – showing live footage


Gift Shops Orkney’s gift shops stock many stunning, locally produced arts and crafts, especially in the high streets of Kirkwall and Stromness. Jewellery, pottery and colourful textiles are especially prominent, and you are sure to pick up a beautiful reminder of your visit.

Winter draws in and bird numbers soar

Although the exciting southern bound migration is beginning to slow down with the onset of winter, there will still be a movement through for a while yet. At the moment the county is enjoying a widespread irruption of blackcaps. Obviously having enjoyed a successful breeding season they have moved away