Reading List: Orkneys & Shetlands

Last week we showcased two lesser known travel destinations — the Shetlands and the Orkneys. Have our articles inspired you yet? 😉

Why not pick up a book to learn more? Here’s our reading list into the fascinating history and heritage of the Scottish isles:

ORKNEY

The Boy with the Bronze Axe. Kathleen Fidler. A tale of friendship in Skara Brae set in neolithic times.

Orkneyinga Saga. Anonymous. Historic narrative from the 9th to the 13th centuries.Screen shot 2015-09-16 at 4.24.59 PM

The Mermaid Bride and other Orkney Folk Tales. Tom Muir. Classic tales from the isles.

The Stronghold. Mollie Hunter. A novel about a young boy who defends his town from Roman slave traders.

Visiting the Past, a Guide to finding and understanding Britain’s Archaeology. Gillian Hovell. A great resource from each era of Britain’s history.

Did You Know? The Orkneys have birthed famous explorers such as Dr. John Rae (who surveyed the Northwest passage) and William Balfour Baikie (who navigated the River Niger in Africa), as well as the notorious pirate John Gow.

SHETLAND

Screen shot 2015-09-16 at 4.24.50 PMThe Further North You Go. Tom Morton. A hilarious, if somewhat dark, portrayal of one Shetlander’s life.

Bobby Tulloch’s Shetland. Bobby Tulloch. A personal and naturalist phonebook on the Shetlands.

The Ancient Monuments of Shetland. Noel Fojut. Covers the neolithic buildings to the Iron Age brochs and 18th century military defenses.

“Da giean haand is aye gotten.” — Shetland Proverb, meaning that a kindly person is oft treated well.

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