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The Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre

18 September 2021 (14:00-17:00)

19 September 2021 (14:00-17:00)


Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre, Sandwick

A Centre of Heritage Tourism where visitors to Orkney and the local community can experience traditional oral heritage events and presentations like Peatfire Tales Of Orkney Storytelling evenings & Island Fireside afternoons of Orkney social customs that combines island legend & lore with traditional music,song and dance.

The Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre sits in 3.5 acres in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘The Heart Of Neolithic Orkney’.  It is a traditional Orkney Farmhouse, dated 1900. The original Via croft settlement, mid 18th Century, sits behind the Centre. There are 2 archaeological sites on this land, the Cromlech called the Stones of Via and a large Bronze Age burial mound.

Originally the Croft buildings and land was a part of the 300 acres of the Breckness Estate where Bishop George Graham originally built and lived in Skaill House. In 1850 it was his descendant, William Graham Watt, the 7th laird of Skaill House, who discovered the first 4 houses of Skara Brae, The Stone Age Village, after a severe sand storm.

For Doors Open Days visitors can enjoy an Island Fireside Story Afternoon on the 17th, 18th and 19th of September from 2pm-5pm- 'The Folk O'Hill And Mound'  Island Harvest Tales and Traditions.


Key Information

Architect: The Merriman Family

Building Date: 1900

  • KW16 3JF