It’s here! The first episode of Tales o Hoy

We are delighted to present the first episode of Tales o Hoy!

Listen to the first episode here

The new podcast series ‘Tales o Hoy’ has been produced by Hoy Heritage Centre taking listeners on an entertaining journey through a landscape of stories, together with an interactive Google Earth map.

Each episode will take in different areas of Hoy parish and feature landmarks, local lore, archaeology, and flora and fauna. Over 30 voices make up the richly layered aural experience where archive and new recordings are blended and accompanied by newly commissioned music by Orcadian musician James Watson. 

The first of five episodes is now available, with subsequent episodes released every Saturday from 8th of May.  

Each episode is about half an hour long. The first, ‘Dark enchanted isle’, starts at Moaness Pier and ends at Orgil. Arrive by sea and take in the impressive view of the hills of Hoy. Meet the ferryman and watch the pier being built. Hear about the shipwrecks of Hoy and the islanders’ rescue missions. Visit the Norse farm at the Bu, pass the medieval Kirk and hear about the bullock pulled mail service, the Hoy Express.

Further episodes will take listeners along the old road through the valley; around Rackwick; to the Old Man of Hoy; and back by the new road via Trowie Glen. 

And find out more about the project here

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