Orkneyinga Saga Centre
Orkneyinga Saga Centre
4.5
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mackEdinburgh
Edinburgh, UK122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Good wee visitor centre. Interesting film about the Orkney sagas. Quiet building and you leave feeling a bit more about the area. The only strange aspect was a genealogy of the Earls that included Elizabeth 1, who left no heirs and did not have James IV, arguably a more important link between Orkney and the current royal family. Quite remiss not to have any Scottish royalty in the tree. Otherwise a nice place to visit if you are in the locality.
Written 29 July 2022
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Annette R
Mold, UK19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Full of information on the Viking
Video to keep all ages watching and a nice costal walk passed the remains of the round church circle walk great views wounderfull views
Written 12 April 2020
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Malky70D
Edinburgh, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Small building with several information boards explaining the Orkneyinga sagas located next to the Earls Bu. Brief visit, informative but not worth a big detour for but worth stopping if passing nearby
Written 23 October 2019
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Martyn W
Bath, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is a great (free) place with an interesting exhibition and a remarkable historic site. Situated close to the coast it is possible to visit the very places mentioned in the saga literature referring to this site. Has a car park and toilet.
Written 22 October 2019
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Mark C
Orphir, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
The Orkneyinga Saga Centre is run by Orphir Community Council. The Centre hold a large amount of information regarding various tourist sites within Orkney. The centre is open between April and October each year. There is a short film documenting the viking saga (norse history) story.
We plan to refurbish the centre this closed season.
Written 20 October 2019
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unicorn189
Stromness, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
A small self-service museum with a great movie and even better Family Tree of the Earls of Orkney. It all helps to bring the Orkneyinga Saga alive. Well done and worth a visit.
Written 4 October 2019
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Cris J
Telford, UK95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We were very i pressed with the museum, video and outdoor area dedpite the wet conditions, our only wet day on Orkney!
It was disappointing that the long boat was missing from the front of the building though. No reason given as far as we could see.
We liked the Danegeld donations box!
Written 23 July 2019
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LiseBB2014
Oslo, Norway299 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The site is in itself very interesting, and the idea behind the Visitor Centre is good with the film that you start yourself, giving the Orkneyinga Saga connection to the site. But especially the information on the panels on the phenomena of sagas, is very basic. For instance, it presents the sagas as being based on written material alone, being collected to entertain. Sagas are written records of history, genealogies, legends etc handed down as oral tradition for decades and made for a number of purposes. There might have been a drop or two of viking blood left in Elisabeth I, but in Franz Joseph II???
Written 22 July 2019
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John L
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
It was a terrible day, strong cold westerlies yet there was much to see outside and once driven into the small visitor centre, the film presentation was excellent and the displays informative
Written 6 July 2019
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John B
Ottawa, Canada14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
The Norse story is big in the Orkney's -- you owe it to yourself to get some familiarity with it. This FREE "museum" definitely helps. Main feature is a short movie that gives some background. Outside you can see the foundations of buildings noted in the Orkney Saga and it is the beginning of a short, great hike. Very photogenic area.

Look at the data on one of the panels that shows how essentially all of European nobility is descended from the "Vikings". William the Conqueror of "Normandy" or the Norse lands of France. Queen Elizabeth is a Viking.
Written 3 July 2019
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