Descriptive gazetteer entries

These other entries in our collection of descriptive gazetteers are also about Orkney. You may be able to find further references to Orkney in the descriptive gazetteers by doing a full-text search here.

Place Type of entry Source
Orkney a group of islands and islets Groome

Travel writing

This website includes the complete texts of books describing journeys around Britain, written between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. Selecting one of the links below will take you to the first reference to Orkney within the selected text. This will not always be a description of a visit: travellers often mention places other than where they are, for example as a basis for comparison.

Traveller Section No. of Refs.
William Camden Smaller Islands in the British Ocean 9
William Camden Saxons, Danes and Normans 2
William Camden Scotland: North of the Antonine Wall 1

This website includes two large libraries, of historical travel writing and of entries from nineteenth century gazetteers describing places. We have text from these sources available for these places near your location:

Place Mentioned in Travel Writing Mentioned in Hist. Gazetteer
Firth 0 2
Mainland 0 2
Finstown 0 2
Kirkwall 1 4
Gairsay 0 2
Stenness 0 2
Evie 0 3
Shapinsay 0 2
Orphir 0 2
Eynhallow 0 3
Sandwick 0 2
St Andrews 0 2
Rousay 0 1
Rousay 0 2
Scapa Flow 0 2
Holm 0 2
Egilsay 0 2
Stromness 0 2
Graemsay 0 2
Birsay 0 3