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Stone Balls in Orkney Museum - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Stone balls from the stone age

Orkney Museum has an assortment of stone balls in its cabinets. They’re from the Neolithic and our ancestors kept them and prized …

Ring of Brodgar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A wild Neolithic hat-trick

It’s time for me to catch the ferry away from Orkney for a short while. I have an evening to spare and …

Bronze Age Bollards - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A load of Bronze Age bollards

The Links of Notland is such an amazing place for archaeology. It has a huge neolithic settlement, site of the discovery of …

Petrosphere - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

A petrosphere at the Orkney Museum

I’m fascinated by this neolithic petrosphere, or stone-age stone ball, at the Orkney Museum. I lean forward and suddenly bump my nose on the glass looking at it. What is it? What was it used for?

The top 10 reasons you shouldn't visit Westray - from

The top 10 reasons you shouldn’t visit Westray

Friends and relatives often ask me whether Westray is a good place to visit and my answer is always very clear. “No,” I say. “I wouldn’t recommend it.” Here then are my top ten reasons why you should never visit Westray.

Macehead - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

One of my favourite objects

One of my favourite objects in the Orkney Museum is this neolithic pestle mace head. It makes me wonder just how fabulous …

Wind Swept Away

Wind Swept Away

The dunes at the Links of Noltland show their erosion by the wind – the grass tufts left are six feet above …

The Links of Noltland

The Links of Noltland

Wandering along the beach at Grobust on Westray in Orkney I spot a group of people with wheelbarrows kneeling in the sand …