MACRO-ECONOMIC FACTORS Over the last year we have witnessed increasing political and economic uncertainty globally, evidenced by, amongst others, the Brexit vote in the UK; weaker-than-expected economic growth in the US and China; structural adjustments by commodity exporters to a long-term decline in their terms of trade; demographic and labour market adjustments; and a protracted slowdown in productivity, which in turn have fuelled protectionist policy positions and political discontent.
March Newsletter Hello and welcome to the March newsletter from Orkney. Keep reading for the latest on life here in the islands. We have our monthly events preview, our regular wildlife focus and we showcase the work of another talented local photographer too.
You can always find out more about Orkney via the Visit Orkney website, and remember to follow us on social media too. The dig dates have been announced, with daily free tours available at the sprawling archaeological site between July 4th and August 22nd.
Find out more via our blog. Take island hopping to new extremes in Orkney this year Set sail for your own deserted island!
Island hopping is one of the best things about a trip to Orkney. Now you can tick another island off your list with a special boat trip to the uninhabited Holm of Papay, which comes complete with its own underground Neolithic tomb! Regular trips to the Holm from nearby Papa Westray give visitors the chance to see fantastic wildlife, beautiful scenery and explore the 5,year-old chambered cairn too.
Watch our video and read all about it on the Visit Orkney website. MOTI, a collective of locally-based artists, has members from all artistic backgrounds and launched its first exhibition of in the Pier Arts Centre recently.
The main aim of MOTI is to provide support and encouragement and create a shared platform for their work. Find out more about this unique group on Orkney. Follow Visit Orkney on Instagram! We publish shots from around Orkney every week and you can join in too. Tag your own images so we can share your Orkney journey on social media.
Use VisitOrkney and LoveOrkney to keep in touch. March in Orkney It might not feel like it but spring is on the way! Perhaps the best thing to do at this time of the year is embrace the elements and get outside.
Start counting birds at 9am and finish at 5. Find out more via the RSPB website. Spot as many birds as you can in Orkney this month, including turnstones like the one above, with the RSPB There is more birdwatching in Sanday on the 8th — join the Sanday Ranger for a trip around the island to see what species are about.
Meet at 11am at the Heritage Centre. You can find out more via the Sanday Ranger Facebook page.
With the excavation season approaching, the Orkney Archaeology Society kicks off its calendar of talks this month. The Orkney Field Club has a talk on the landscape and natural heritage of Japan on the 23rd. Join members at the St Magnus Centre in Kirkwall at 7. You can take in most of the local sites and attractions and you could have the majority of them to yourself.
Some guided tours are available all year round too. Visit the upper levels of St Magnus Cathedral on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am and 2pm to discover the history of the building and enjoy a panoramic view of Kirkwall from the base of the spire.
Or how about a visit to one of our wartime locations? The view from one of the Ness Battery gun emplacements outside Stromness Find out more about all these tour options with our blog. One final push for outdoor activities in Orkney, and some advance notice for all you runners out there. The 32nd Hoy Half Marathon will be held on the 17th of June this year and entry is open now!
Be quick as interest in this unique and challenging route is always high. Find out more about the group with our special blog.Read the March newsletter from Orkney, full of photos, features and articles all focused on life in the islands.
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