Field trips

Please note, these fieldtrips are for conference delegates only and are now full. Registation for the conference is now closed.

Thursday 20th October – all day (booked on registration form, conference delegates only)

Alternative tour of West Mainland Orkney

Ok, so we start the field trip at a large Neolithic stone circle, but the Ring of Brodgar is a focus for numerous issues to do with tourism, cruise ships, site management, landscape setting and energy. We then move onto the WWII Ness Battery overlooking the island of Hoy where wooden accommodation blocks survive with the wonderful mural of English country scenes survives in the canteen. A quick lunch stop in Stromness is followed by a visit to the Pier Arts Centre where a tour focuses on the themes of rurality and landscape amongst the leading collection of British Modernist art. This is followed by a tour of the EMEC renewable energy test site just around the coast where the Oyster wave device operated. The field trip finishes off with a trip to Kirbister Farm museum where the smell of peat smoke from the central hearth will fuel us for the rest of the conference.

9:45        Meet outside The Shore Hotel, Shore Street (near the harbour and Orkney Ferries offices). We will be in 3 minibuses.

10:00     Mini buses leave

10:30     Ring of Brodgar stone circle in the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site

11:30     Ness Battery One of Britain’s best preserved wartime sites. Tour by Andy Hollinrake.

12:30     Stromness lunch stop

13:00     Visit to the Pier Arts Centre with tour of the gallery

14:00     Billia Croo renewable energy test site (with talk by Lisa MacKenzie and Catrin Sutherland of European Marine Energy Centre, EMEC)

15:00    Kirbister Farm Museum

17:00    Return to Kirkwall

Friday 21st October (morning) (Conference delegates only)

Kirkwall Walk

10:00     Meet by the harbour slipway (‘Corn Slip’) on Harbour Street, Kirkwall (opposite Helgis bar). Tour of the historic town centre by Rod Rochmond.

11:00     Visit St Magnus Cathedral. Tour by custodian Fran Flett-Hollinrake.

12:00     Walk ends

Please note, Conference Registration is at the Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall Grammar School 11:00 – 13:00.

Sessions start at 13:00

Sunday 23rd October

16:00-17:00 – 3M_DOI workshop (Torvhaug, upstairs bar, Bridge Street)