Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Aug 29, 2017 - National Geographic Orion

Still on-route to the Orkney Islands, we spent this morning at sea. Naturalist Conor Ryan kept us entertained with tales of sea-monsters (and their real-life inspirations) while Historian Deirdre Mitchell explored the history of the Vikings, who made the same sea crossing some 1200 years before.

We arrived in Kirkwall, the Orcadian capital, to blue skies and sunshine. Some of our guests spent the afternoon sampling the delicious whisky produced by the local Scapa Distillery, while others toured the town with local guides.

In the evening, we ventured in to town for a lively performance by Orcadian folk group The Chair. By the end of the night, there was some dancing in the aisles!

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Deirdre Mitchell


Deirdre grew exploring the mountains of her home country of Scotland and immersing herself in its history and culture. This love of the past led her to study for an MA in Scottish History at the University of St Andrews where she studied everything from the medieval history of Scotland to the art history of Europe! She then went on to gain an MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies before spending a year as a Trainee Curator at the Museum of the University of St. Andrews. 

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