Who is the Mole?

Getting under the skin of Orkney

The Orkney Mole is a blog about Orkney – predominantly from the inside. It originated in 2016 during the extended Orkney sabbatical by Nigel and Tish Jennings and continues intermittently to this day.

Although the original intention was simply to provide news of our touristic perambulations, the Orkney Mole quickly discovered that providing broad content about the diverse aspects of life in Orkney appealed to a wider readership.

This is in no small part due to the Orkney Mole ‘turning native’, becoming integrated into the Orcadian community and periodically engaged in support work at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological dig. This introduction is being updated in 2022, as Nigel & Tish commence a further sabbatical of five months in Orkney, devoted to supporting archaeological research at the University of the Highlands & Islands. The drawback is that, even as willing volunteers, our days of leisurely exploring Orkney are largely replaced by a daily routine based in a lab processing the backlog of animal bone assemblage. The Mole also has to emphasise that his observations are his alone and do not represent any of the Orcadian organisations with which we are involved, so please bear with the Mole if his observations are less acute during this period.

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