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A Trip to the Orkneys

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December 12, 2018

This post is taken from a chapter in my new book 'A Maverick Inuit Way and the Vikings'. It describes a visit to the Orkney islands north of the Scottish mainland, where there are many famous Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age sites such as the standing stones of Stenness and the buried village of Skara Brae, as well as more modern castles and cathedrals. Once part of Norway, the Orkneys maintain many Norse traditions as do the Shetlands further north, which I'll write about in another post.

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