Orkney Energy Landcapes Outreach

Dates set for next Orkney Energy Landscapes project events

On Saturday, August 21, a “Uranium Walk” will follow the route from Yesnaby, Sandwick, to Drydale farm, Kirbister, Stromness. This will be followed, on August 25, by a walk around the Flotta oil terminal and discuss the coming of oil and the changes in the Orcadian landscape.
Sprettameedo and Peerie Hill looking out towards Yesnaby from the lower slopes of Cringlafiold, Stromness. (Sigurd Towrie)

Dates have been set for the next two events in the UHI Archaeology Institute Orkney Energy Landscapes project.

On Saturday, August 21, a “Uranium Walk” will follow the route from Yesnaby, Sandwick, to Drydale farm, Kirbister, Stromness.

The route was originally walked in protest of proposed uranium mining in 1977. During this year’s walk, radiation readings will be taken along the route with Geiger counters.

A talk and open discussion about the project will take place around 3pm, for those who can’t manage the walk, at the Cairston Mill, Stromness.

Because numbers are limited, booking is essential (email Enquiries.ORCA@uhi.ac.uk). Participants should meet at the Yesnaby car park at 10am for the walk.

On Wednesday, August 25, there will be a walk around the Flotta oil terminal and discuss the coming of oil and the changes in the Orcadian landscape. Flotta residents and day visitors welcome.

Flotta Oil Terminal. (Rebecca Marr)
Flotta Oil Terminal. (Rebecca Marr)

Those interested will need to book the Houton to Flotta ferry at 8am, returning to the Mainland at 4pm. Again, because numbers are limited, booking is essential. Email Enquiries.ORCA@uhi.ac.uk.