My favourite places in Orkney


St Magnus Cathedral


St Magnus Cathedral known as the ‘Light in the North’ was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus who was martyred here in Orkney. The Cathedral belongs to the people of Orkney.

I attended the Sunday service, sometimes with my grandparents. My granny sung in the choir and my grandfather was an Elder of the Church. After the early service a short walk to the “Maggy Hall” where I attended the Sunday School there.

Magnus’ mother was named Thora. I am named after her. A name my Father chose.

The name Thora is a girl’s name of Norse origin meaning “thunder goddess”. Thora, related to Thor, is the ancient Norse thunder goddess name.

Some of my friends call me “Thor”. I chose this to be my Roller Derby name.


Newark Bay and Point of Ayre, Deerness, Mainland Orkney

Coastal walk with a sandy beach, rocky foreshore and great views over the island of Copinsay.

My father and ancestors grew up just along the road from here. I have fond memories of many Sunday afternoons spent at Westersands and the beaches in Deerness. Dingieshowe is another favourite.


Dingieshowe, Deerness, Mainland Orkney

This sandy beach forms the isthmus which connects Deerness to the Mainland of Orkney.