February 2021

Burghead: Fire, Water, Wind and a whole load of Bull!

2021-02-20T15:39:26+00:00

The sleepy coastal town of Burghead becomes the focus of an ancient pagan ritual on the 11th January every year. As the Clavie, a barrel of burning tar is placed on the altar at the Doorie Hill the Brochers (natives of Burghead) watch on. The wood crackles. Sparks rise into the night skies. The flames [...]

Burghead: Fire, Water, Wind and a whole load of Bull!2021-02-20T15:39:26+00:00

December 2020

The Yules, Trows and a big helping of Superstition- The Old Festive Season in Scotland’s Northern Isles

2020-12-29T18:49:53+00:00

The Yules was the old festive celebration in Orkney and Shetland derived from the old Norse Celebration of the Viking Settlers who once inhabited Scotland’s Northern Isles. However, long before the Norsemen arrived, the prehistoric peoples of Orkney had built the cairn at Maeshowe, with its entrance aligned to the Winter solstice. The old ways [...]

The Yules, Trows and a big helping of Superstition- The Old Festive Season in Scotland’s Northern Isles2020-12-29T18:49:53+00:00

December 2018

Stoor Worm: Orkney’s Dragon

2020-10-16T18:15:40+00:00

Does Orkney’s Tale of the Stoorworm have its origins in Viking Folklore? You may never have heard of Mester Stoor Worm. Yet perhaps like us, you have been following the latest episodes of ‘Vikings’ or ‘The Last Kingdom’. You may have read our recent blog about Viking treachery in the ‘Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth’. [...]

Stoor Worm: Orkney’s Dragon2020-10-16T18:15:40+00:00

The Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth

2020-10-16T18:42:52+00:00

In 874 AD Maelbrigte the Tooth appeared from the shadows of Scottish history. Little is recorded of his life: most of what is known concerns his death. This is an account of Viking treachery and duplicity, of a Scottish army, crushed and of poetic justice. Maelbrigte: The Pict During Maelbrigte’s lifetime he would have witnessed [...]

The Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth2020-10-16T18:42:52+00:00
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