Here you can find the resources we are developing for the journey. Many of these are linked to the smartphone app.

Downloadable GPX file of Evie to Birsay route for use with mapping applications, including Ordnance Survey

Mansie stones mark resting stones where Magnus's body was laid. The first resting place is a green mound in Evie and is the likely landing place of the body. It may or may not be the Broch of Gurness - listen on to hear more about this.

Photograph of the stone cairn at the start of the mainland pilgrimage

Reflection on the understanding of creation in the twelfth century

Logo of the St Magnus Way, copyright Orkney Pilgrimage

Map of the route of the second section of the St Magnus Way, from Birsay to Dounby.

Audio recording of historical information about Kingshouse, Harray, where an unknown mound (visible to the southeast of North Bigging) is traditionally associated with a resting place of St Magnus.

Audio recording of historical information about the Knowes of Conyar, also known as St Magnus's Resting Place.

There is a rich Magnus tradition associated with an 8ft high standing stone on the top of Stoney Hill in Harray. This prehistoric stone, is the only remaining stone from a stone circle that once dominated the skyline.

There are two places in the south corner of Harray which have been suggested as resting places of Magnus: A mound called Howinawheel on the land of Winksetter and a stone at or near The Refuge. There is about a mile distance between these two places and the traditions for both rely on place-name evidence.

A small artificial island in the Loch of Wasdale (in the parish of Firth), once reached by means of submerged stepping stones, is the site of a chapel. This chapel, for which no dedication survives, has no associated burial ground, which is unusual.

The first Magnus resting place in Firth was thought to be a mound ‘somewhat to the west of Finstown with a standing stone on top’.

The name Whilcoe, now Quilco and the name of a housing estate, referred at the end of the nineteenth century to a boundary stone marking the three parishes of Birsay, Harray and Sandwick.

View of Dounby crossroads from the picnic tables opposite the Smithfield Hotel.

There are various traditions associated with the transportation of that Magnus’s shrine through the parish of Harray on the way from Birsay to Kirkwall.

Reflection on the heart as we journey to the heart of the Mainland.

Photo of Damsay with the Holm of Grimbister in front.

Photograph of Firth Bay, with the Holm of Grimbister and Damsay beyond it.

A draft response to Orkney Island Council's core path consultation which closes on the 28th August.

Historical information on how the bones of Magnus came to be in the Cathedral, were thought lost after the Reformation and then rediscovered in the 1920s.

Historical information about St Olaf's Kirk, where Magnus's bones were brought to from Birsay before the Cathedral was ready.

Poem on how the St Magnus Way does not need to be declared open, written for the launch of the final section.

Description of the route from Orphir to Kirkwall

Downloadable GPX file of Birsay to Dounby route for use with mapping applications, including Ordnance Survey.

Downloadable GPX file of Dounby to Finstown route for use with mapping applications, including Ordnance Survey.

Downloadable GPX file of Finstown to Orphir route for use with mapping applications, including Ordnance Survey.

Downloadable GPX file of Orphir to Kirkwall route for use with mapping applications, including Ordnance Survey.

Our first set of accounts and annual report, covering the period 23 November 2016 to 31 December 2017.

A description of the route around the island of Egilsay

Downloadable GPX file of the route around Egilsay for use with mapping applications, including Ordnance Survey.

Our theme for the site of Magnus’s murder is peace, reflecting on the peace that his death secured, the enduring peace in the islands and, at the same time, the things which disrupt peace here and elsewhere, in us and around us.

Our theme for this stage is Loss – reflecting on the death of Magnus, the loss of a son for his mother Thora and our own stories of loss.

Our theme for this stage of the journey is Growth – reflecting on the growth of the cult of Magnus in the years following his death and in the shifting base of power from West to East in Orkney, as well as in our own stories of growth.

The theme for this stage is Change – reflecting on the changing landscape and ways of life over the centuries as well as our own often conflicting attitudes to change as something both welcomed and feared.

Our theme for this stage is Forgiveness – reflecting on whether Hakon was sorry for the murder of Magnus, and our own need to both receive and extend forgiveness.

Our theme for this final stage is Hospitality – reflecting on the place of feasting then and now, as well as the place of welcome afforded Magnus in Kirkwall, and the reception we ourselves anticipate.

Site of the Mans Well, restored by Birsay Heritage Trust in 2012.

Image of Milestone Community Church (bottom left) from above.

View of Egilsay Pier with St Magnus Church on the skyline.

Pilgrims disembarking from the MV Eynhallow at Egilsay.

Pilgrims kneeling in honour of Magnus on the 900th anniversary of his death.

View of St Magnus Egilsay and graveyard, looking across to Rousay.

St Magnus Church, Egilsay across a field of summer flowers.

Earls Palace, Birsay, from the road as you walk in to the Palace.

Looking from the coast across to Eynhyallow before the track turns up to the road again.

Photograph of the site of St Olaf's Kirk, from the 11th century, with part of the 16th century restoration.

View of the Brough of Birsay from the summit of Costa Hill.

Birsay, the ancient capital of Orkney was the residence of Earl Thorfinn the Mighty. Listen to find out more.

Photo of Gate leading to Costa Hill from the Loch of Swannay.

Our annual report for 2019 detailing our achievements, our finances and our digital performance.

A reflection on our theme for this section, Loss at the end of a day's pilgrimage from Evie to Birsay.

A short overview of Birsay's significance as the seat of the Earls of Orkney up until the death and reinterment of St Magnus in the 12th century.

A short overview of the historical significance of the Mans Stones and the Strathyre stone in particular.

An overview of the origins of Kirbuster as derived from its etymology and historical location.

An imaginative piece from the perspective of a medieval pilgrim approaching the Brough of Birsay by Graeme Brown.

Online Report for 2020

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