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Episode 26

Landward, 2013/2014 Episode 26 of 26

Scotland's countryside magazine. In the final programme of the series, Dougie and the team are on Orkney, exploring some island traditions built around the winter solstice.

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Sun 22 Dec 2013 14:55
BBC Two Scotland

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Christmas in Orkney

Christmas in Orkney

Dougie, Sarah and Euan are all in Orkney for the Landward Christmas Special.

Maes Howe

Maes Howe

Dougie visits  the Neolithic tomb at Maes Howe – one of only five designated World heritage sites in Scotland. The tomb was built to recognise and celebrate the Winter solstice.

Greylag Geese

Greylag Geese

This Christmas many Orcadians will be tucking in to Goose rather than Turkey. The population of Greylag geese in Orkney has risen dramatically in recent years. Earlier this year a cull of up to 5000 birds was licensed by Scottish Natural Heritage and for the first time the culled wild birds are being sold through a local Butcher.

Norse Festival of the Yules

Norse Festival of the Yules

Sarah finds out how Orcadians used to celebrate midwinter with the Norse Festival of the Yules.

“Ba” Game

“Ba” Game

One of the most eagerly awaited winter events in Orkney is the annual “Ba” game which pits the residents of the Upper part of Kirkwall – the “Uppies” – against residents of the harbour area of the town – the “Doonies”. The game involves hundreds of players and is renowned for its roughness. Dougie meets two participants in the game that has been taking place for two hundred years.

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Role Contributor
Series ProducerSimon Cousins
PresenterDougie Vipond

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