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Venues Orkney: The Orkney Summer School will take place at Orkney College, East Road, Kirkwall, which is less than 0.5 miles from Kirkwall’s town centre. Shetland: The Shetland Summer School will take place in Unst, Shetland’s most northerly island (first day) and at the North Atlantic Fisheries College (NAFC), Scalloway, 5 miles from Lerwick, Shetland’s capital.

Centre for Nordic Studies

Orkney & Shetland Summer Schools 2011

Study Mode Morning seminars followed by guided afternoon fieldtrips around the islands. Lectures run from 10-12noon, with most fieldtrips leaving at 1pm and return for 4pm. Check individual programmes for times.

University-level study in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Cost £400 per week, to include all lectures and field trips, as well as one night’s accommodation and meals in Unst (Shetland Summer School only). Programmes are ILA registered (see below). Local island residents - £250 (local Summer School only)

Travel & Accommodation There are excellent ferry and air links to both islands, with links from all major Scottish airports as well as a direct link from London to Shetland. Accommodation is available on campus at the NAFC in Shetland. There is no similar accommodation in Orkney, but there are many bed & breakfast establishments in close walking distance, and two hostels within Kirkwall.


“Fantastic! We'll be back next year - again!” Anna Lipinska, Orkney

"Expert lecturers and brilliant structure, loved every minute." Cherry MacIntyre, Fife Photographs/Images: © Shetland Museum & Archives Photo Library, VisitOrkney, CNS staff, Christopher Gee and Steven Heddle

This course is accredited with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and is worth 15 SQA credits. In order to qualify for credits, a written paper will be required. If you are interested in gaining credit, tick the appropriate box on the application form.

Individual Learning Account, Scotland If you live in Scotland, you may be eligible for an Individual Learning Account payment of up to £200. Check their website for details, You must have your ILA in place before applying in order for it to be eligible for part-payment towards our Summer Schools. The ILA is only to be used for part-payment towards a full week of Summer School.

Programme: Orkney 5—9 July

Programme: Shetland 19—23 July

Booking Form

Where? Orkney College, Kirkwall

Where? Saxa Vord, Unst & NAFC Marine Centre, Scalloway

COMPLETE IN BLOCK CAPITALS I would like to attend the (please tick): Orkney Summer School



Field Trip/ Evening

Tue 5 July

Viking Culture: Birsay introduction, historical overview and Viking navigation & ships

Wed 6 July

The Nordic Diet, festivals and harvest



Field Trip/Evening

Tue 19 July

Viking Culture: introduction and historical overview

Guided trip to Shetland’s most northerly island: UNST (overnight stay at Saxa Vord Resort) Evening: Beer tasting with Valhalla Brewery

Wed 20 July

Saga literature and Viking landscapes

UNST Viking History Tour Evening: return to Shetland Mainland

Shetland Summer School

Please tick here if you require accommodation in Shetland (we shall be in touch)

Your Full Name

Thur 7 July

Fri 8 July

Sat 9 July

Saga literature and Viking landscapes

Religion, beliefs and conversion

Runes and literacy

Corrigall Farm Museum Evening: Accordion & Fiddle Club Day trip exploring Saga sites in the North Isles of Orkney Kirkwall Walking Tour Evening: Sample the local ale Skullsplitter and other Viking brews! Maeshowe, Orphir Round Church & Orkneyinga Saga Centre

Thur 21 July

Norse Mythology and Folklore

Scalloway Castle and Tingwall Evening: Simmer Dim boat trip



Contact Telephone


Payment: We prefer payment by cheque, which should be made payable to Orkney Islands Council. Please tick your method of payment(s) below. If your have an ILA, please ensure it is in place before applying, and give us with your registration number below. Cheque Cash

Fri 22 July

Viking Navigation and Maritime History (evening lecture)

Shetland Crofthouse Museum

Vikings in popular culture and film

Shetland Museum, Up Helly Aa boatshed

Individual Learning Account - Number: Card payment (see below) SQA Credit bearing *

We can take credit/debit card payments by two methods:

Sat 23 July

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On Sunday 10th July those who want may join Sanday Soulka's History weekend in the island of Sanday.

On Thursday 21st July you will be able to join the opening ceremony of the Tall Ships events in Lerwick, with opportunities to join various associated activities and events during the Tall Ships Week (21-24 July). Ferry fares, accommodation and meals for the first night in Unst are included in the price. Accommodation at the NAFC Campus in Scalloway can be booked at a separate charge, please note on your booking form.

Online. Go to Choose Online Payments / Other Payments / Orkney College*

Over the telephone, phone 01856 569300

* Choose SQA Credit Bearing only if you wish to gain a qualification and are prepared to sit an assessment (in the form of an essay).

Centre for Nordic Studies University of the Highlands & Islands Kiln Corner Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1QX Tel: +44 01856 569300

Viking Culture Summer Schools 2011  
Viking Culture Summer Schools 2011  

The Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands in the Orkney and Shetland Islands.