Peatfire Tales of Orkney

An evening of Island storytelling that combines legend, lore and social customs with music, song and dance

The Orkney FolkLore and Storytelling Centre is where Scottish folklore and island myth come alive. Share in the oral tradition of Orkney; experience Scottish folklore and island legend via music, song and dance. Lynn Barbour has explored the folklore and myth of her home country along with other Scottish storytellers. We welcome other Scottish storytellers to come along and share their tales of folklore and myth.

“The islanders have always loved legends – in previous generations, on a winter night there was nothing else for them to do but tell stories and play their fiddles. They told stories, of course, about their neighbours and about the Laird and Minister and smugglers and lovers – the vivid people who were part of their own circumstances.”
George Mackay Brown

The social customs of the Orkney fishing and farming communities underline the spiritual connection between people and the natural elements. Folklore and myth is not particular just to the Orkney islands, the oral tradition of storytelling is a worldwide heritage. Scottish storytellers have passed on the folklore and myth in their own dialect for thousands of years and still do. In Orkney, the language of the Norse and Pictish people, Norn, was lost. Only remnants of the old sagas and stories remain. We offer to you these island myths and legends, a glimpse back to the lost times of evenings by the peat fire.

“The enchanting tongues went on and on beside the fish-oil lamps. Then the grey of morning entered the crofts and called the islanders back once more to their hard work of ploughing and fishing”.
George Mackay Brown

Orkney Peatfire tales – evenings of island story, music and dance every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, from March to September. Enjoy ‘A Taste of Orkney’ – a select evening of tales and sketches from six islands once a week.Peatfire Tales


Peatfire Tales evening: Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8pm for an 8.30pm start.

Adults £10 /children £6 (5 – 13 years) Group concessions offered

Also available:

A Taste Of Orkney – Private bespoke evenings for 6 – 35 guests.
Book your group, Handfasting and Wedding groups welcome, for an personalised, evening of Orkney traditional stories, social customs music and dance. ‘A Taste of Orkney’ evening is tailored to your group’s interests.

Island Tales and Ales – An evening in the Still Room Whisky bar in the Stromness Hotel every Sunday evening.  The Still Room Whisky Bar is open those evenings only to visitors who book The Island Tales and Ales Evening. Like a small 19th Century Stromness Ale House, sit at candlelit tables around the peat fire with your complimentary Orkney Ale, Orkney whisky or glass of wine and listen to Island Folklore and legend. Booking Essential

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