The Orkney Folklore & Storytelling Centre

Events Venue

Sandwick (A967), Orkney, Scotland, KW16 3JF

    Every Tuesday,Friday and sunday come along and listen to an Evening of Storytelling - Peatfire Tales of Orkney A Traditional orkney evening that combines Legend,Lore and Social Customs wth Music,Song and essential.Private Groups Welcome

    The Centre sits in Sandwick,two miles from Skara brae and three miles from the Ring of Brodgar Standing Stones in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Heart Of Neolithic Orkney.

    We welcome you to explore,discover and share the rich and unique Island legends,folklore,social customs and heritage of the Orkney Crofting Fishing and farming people who have lived on these Northern Islands of Scotland for many centuries

    Through the combination of Orkney's oral 'living' traditions of storytelling,sagas and ballads,rhymes and poetry and social customs with music,song and dance share the past ideas,actions,customs and daily life of these Orkney Islanders who worked the land and fished the sea.

    DISCOVER WHO THE 'FISHERMEN WITH PLOUGHS' ARE as George Mackay Brown called them in his Poem Cycle.

     Experience the past Islanders' Sea Legends,Crofting Tales,Customs and Beliefs.How their Island Calender and partnership with this ancient  landscape and surrounding seas has shaped today's social landscape on these North Atlantic Islands.

    Come along and sit by the peat fire and Enjoy our Orkney Heritage and Folklore Library with its old Orkney books,photographs,maps and images of the Orkney crofting and fishing peoples' unique social heritage and work customs.

       Listen to the reminiscence CDs, the old dialects of Orkney and Scotland,discover the contemporary Orkney writers, the craft or childrens Orkney books  in our Hamnavoe room.

     Sit around the peatfire in the Folk Art Studio with its wall mural,masks and puppets of the Island Legends,myths and Folkloric characters as you listen to the Peatfire Tales of Orkney

    Discover the Power of Storytelling courses and StoryCircles workshops held throughout the year at this centre of Creative Learning while being in an environment that brings the past alive and present with a unique Orkney Island Experience.

    Our Storytelling Garden of Island legend and Lore is just opening  this year from June 21st..

    At  the Orkney Folklore and Storytelling centre we are the Storytellers and you are the Storylisteners and both of us can take these Orkney Island Peoples' Story from ancient times to the present and into the future.

    Everyon Welcome.

    Opening Times
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Road Directions

    Find us on the A967 At the end of the Ring of Brodgar and Stenness Standing Stones Road - The Ring of Brodgar is on the left of your car go three miles past the Ring of Stones to the end iof the Road - T junction and you will see the sign on the stone wall facing you -


    We sit facing Loch Clumly and there is another sign and blue boat at the entrance.

     Everyone Welcome

    Public Transport Directions

    We can arrange transport to our Centre with a local firm for groups of up to 30 people to have theirv own individual, bespoke evenings of Island storytelling,Music and traditional dance,Legends.lore and social customs or StoryCircles courses and workshops.

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