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Family John Rae explorer trail

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Stromness

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Join us for an exciting trail around Stromness inspired by the boyhood of Dr John Rae, surgeon for the Hudson’s Bay Company and Arctic explorer.

John Rae was born in Orphir in 1813. After training as a doctor he joined the Hudson’s Bay Company at the age of nineteen, sailing on a ship to Rupert’s Land, now part of modern Canada.

When he was older, John Rae wrote about his experience of growing up in Orkney and about how the landscape, wildlife and weather helped him to cope with Arctic conditions. He also kept a journal as he was travelling, recording the birds and animals he saw.

John Rae was not alone in being interested in the world around him. Many people from Orkney travelled to other lands, bringing back stories about how people live in very different parts of the world, and examples of the birds, animals and other creatures they found. If you visit Stromness Museum you will see many of the extraordinary objects and specimens brought back by Orkney’s explorers.

So why not be like John Rae and become an explorer for the day? Together we will follow a trail to find out about the history of Stromness and to look for birds, animals, shells and rocks.

Recommended for primary ages (children must be accompanied). The trail will lead us through Stromness covering up to about 1.5 km, including some of the narrow, steeper side streets.

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