Orkney Energy Landcapes Outreach

From Yesnaby to Blackhall – pictures from today’s ‘Uranium Walk’

A few photographs from today's "Uranium Walk" led by ORCA’s Lifelong Learning and Outreach archaeologist Dan Lee and anthropologist Dr Richard Irvine from the University of St Andrews.
Into the mist – some of the group cresting Peerie Hill. (Sigurd Towrie)

A few photographs from today’s “Uranium Walk” led by ORCA’s Lifelong Learning and Outreach archaeologist Dan Lee and anthropologist Dr Richard Irvine from the University of St Andrews.

The walk, the latest event in the Orkney Energy Landscapes project, followed route walked in 1977 in protest of uranium mining proposals – from Yesnaby, Sandwick, to Kirbister in Stromness.

It was perhaps fitting that the weather conditions experienced today were much the same as they were back then – damp and misty…

Our thanks to everyone who turned out for today’s walk and the talk at Cairston Mill, Stromness, later in the afternoon.


The next project event takes place on Wednesday, August 25, and is a walk around the Flotta oil terminal and a discussion on the coming of oil and the changes in the Orcadian landscape.

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