ORKNEY - A Historical Guide - Orkney lies only 20 miles north of mainland Scotland, yet for many centuries its culture was more Scandanavian than Scottish. The islands were the first to be colonised by the Norsemen in the 8th century, and they were eventually given to Scotland as compensation for non-payment of a queen's dowry in 1472.
Strong westerly winds account for the scarcity of trees on Orkney. so most buildings were constructed of stone. As a result, exceptionally well-preserved remains are to be found in the islands, providing a rounded view of society through the ages that is unique in Scotland. Sites and remains to be explored include settlements from the Stone Age, stone circles and burials from the Bronze Age, Iron Age brochs, Viking castles, the magnificent cathedral of St Magnus in Kirkwall, Renaissance palaces, a Martello tower from the Napoleonic Wars and numerous remains from the Second World War.
Condition: Good - Author: Caroline Wickham Jones - Publisher: Birlinn - Pages: 216 - Paperback