Archaeology dig

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The Archaeology Institute is based at Orkney College, which is part of Orkney Islands Council. Payment for the conference is to be made using the Orkney Islands Council online payment system. All payments must be accompanied by a completed registration form which should be emailed to

To pay by card, go to the Orkney Islands Council online payment page at

  1. Follow the “Click here to make a payment” link – this will take you to a new page
  2. Select “Other Payments” from the list
  3. In the dropdown box select “UHI Archaeology Institute”
  4. In the next dropdown box select “Our Islands Our Past 2017”
  5. You will now see the payment form to complete – the system requires a UK post code, so if you are paying from outside the UK, you should enter KW15 1NY in the Post Code box – this will allow the payment to go through


There are several ways you can travel to Orkney. All will involve crossing the sea either by ferry or aeroplane! There are two ferries operating from the northern tip of Scotland: NorthLink Ferries operating out of Scrabster and sails to Stromness, Pentland Ferries operating out of Gills Bay which sails to St Margarets Hope. NorthLink also operates a ferry from Aberdeen which arrives in Kirkwall. There is a regular bus service which connects Stromness and St Margarets Hope to Kirkwall. Flight times can be obtained from the Kirkwall Airport website.


Accommodation can be booked through Trip Advisor and Visit Orkney Accommodation is filling up fast and so it would be advisable to look at rooms available in ‘All Locations’. Buses are regular in Orkney and moving about the island by public transport is easier than in many rural locations in the UK.

10 Things to Do Before Arriving in Orkney

Now that you have arranged your travel, check out these activities that may give you an insight into life in Orkney

  1. Listen to an edition of BBC Radio Orkney’s ‘Around Orkney’ programme
  2. Learn some Orcadian and how to pronounce the island names
  3. Flick through ‘The Northern Isles. Orkney & Shetland‘ 1978 by Alexander Fenton if you can find it
  4. Watch some films about Rackwick, Hoy
  5. Have a browse of the National Monument Record of Scotland online GIS at
  6. Read Matarosso 2012 Reflections on Culture Development in Orkney
  7. Watch Margaret Tait films ‘A Portrait of Ga‘ and ‘Land Makar
  8. Explore some historical maps
  9. Listen to Peter Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness
  10. Oh, and pack your waterproof trousers …