As we enter the last phase of the first quarter of 2020 and the weather tentatively begins to improve, the time has come once again to get out those walking boots and join us in the footsteps of St Magnus.

Or should I say cycle helmets? This year sees the launch of a new St Magnus Way cycling route designed for pilgrims who prefer pedal power. We hope to launch this development of the Way next month and will let you know as soon as possible about future cycling events with interpretation from our contributors.

In other news, we have recently revived our social media presence and will be regularly posting updates on guided walks, St Magnus related news and advice for would-be pilgrims. Give us a like on Facebook and check out our new video content.

Recently we have expanded our merchandise range to include hand-thrown ceramics by well-known local potter, Andrew Appleby. You can watch him create our St Magnus Mugs from wheel to kiln to cup in these two short clips where he explains each stage of the process:

From wheel to kiln: St Magnus Mugs part 1.

From liquid glaze to sipping phase: St Magnus Mugs part 2.

Alongside the mugs, pilgrimage tokens are available to purchase from Fursbreck Pottery in Harray, which is just a short detour from the Dounby to Finstown section of the route and is a designated toilet stop.

Also happening next month...

Thursday 16 April marks St Magnus Day. Keep your eyes peeled for info on events to mark the anniversary of his death in the coming weeks.

Published on March 2nd 2020

This project is being part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014 – 2020 Programme