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Orkney Islands

pl n
(Placename) a group of over 70 islands off the N coast of Scotland, separated from the mainland by the Pentland Firth: constitutes an island authority of Scotland; low-lying and treeless; many important prehistoric remains. Administrative centre: Kirkwall. Pop: 19 310 (2003 est). Area: 974 sq km (376 sq miles).


[ˈɔːrkni] n
the Orkneys (also the Orkney Islands) → les Orcades fpl
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On the 15th of March we were in the latitude of New Shetland and South Orkney.
He is going in a Government vessel to inspect the lighthouses on the North of Scotland, and on the Orkney and Shetland Islands--and, having noticed how worn and ill my poor boy looks, he most kindly invites George to be his guest on the voyage.
The 'Guide to Scotland' says the coast is rugged; and there is a wild sea between the north shore and the Orkney Islands.
They have done with the north coast and they have crossed the wild sea to the Orkneys.
This, at such an hour of the night, surprised me greatly; but I was too ignorant to draw the true conclusion -- that we were going north-about round Scotland, and were now on the high sea between the Orkney and Shetland Islands, having avoided the dangerous currents of the Pentland Firth.
He went to the Gallapagos, a horrid dry place on the Equator, where he was nearly baked to death; he went to the Georgia Islands, the Orkneys, Emerald Island, Little Nightingale Island, Gough's Island, Bouvet's Island, the Crossets, and even to a little speck of an island south of the Cape of Good Hope.
With this resolution I traversed the northern highlands and fixed on one of the remotest of the Orkneys as the scene of my labours.
Contract Notice: Orkney Islands Council requires to purchase 2 new telescopic handler vehicles to be delivered to Orkney by the 31 March 2016.
Publishing company Pan Macmillan and Orkney Library & Archive are collaborating to on the launch of The Hurricane Book Club a new joint reading initiative, literary news company The Bookseller revealed on Friday.
Americans Lucia Baratta and John Sessions flew to Orkney on Monday for their ceremony but their luggage, carrying her wedding dress, went missing in transit.
Based on the award-winning, young adult book series, Legends of Orkney, by transmedia author Alane Adams, BattleKasters is a whole new experience for gamers and readers.
The music, selected and presented by Reg Hall, is from Peter Kennedy's collection of field recordings made during a visit to Orkney in 1955 while working for the BBC and EFDSS.