In August 2013 we set sail from Stromness on our second Sea Change expedition, aboard Lerwick community boat The Swan, with a crew of 27 artists, scientists and informers. More ›

The Crew

The expedition crew of 27 includes a wide range of scientific and creative folk.
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Links of Noltland

Links of Noltland, Westray
  On one side of Westray pier the Swan tucked in among fishing boats, heaps of creels, ropes, crates. On the other side three Westray skiffs, a century old, their narrow masts perfectly reflected in the still waters of the bay. Up on the hill a community wind turbine, spinning a local resource out of... Read more ›

Rackwick, Hoy

Hoy Cliffs
On deck on the Swan on a choppy grey morning, sitting by a bucket of mackerel caught just now by our engineer Ian. We’re at Lyness in Hoy, waiting for the tide to turn before we head out through the race to sail to Kirkwall. Yesterday we walked up to the Old Man of Hoy,... Read more ›

Walking the cliffs with Morag

Morag MacInnes invited us to visit her in Quoyloo, north-west of Stromness, to follow up on a conversation we had last year, when she talked of the disconnection between developers, policy-makers and local people around the industrialization of new renewables – wind and tidal energy – on Orkney. ‘I want to say to everyone who... Read more ›

Silver Darlings

At John and Fiona Cumming’s house looking over to Hoy, we watched the Scrabster ferry plunge into the streaming dark sea, wind and rain in loud gusts on the windows. A hare hunched, ears flat against its back, and a farmer called a sheep down from the green sides of an old quarry with a... Read more ›


Shipping Forecast – Issued: 1030 UTC Wed 14 Aug Wind: Southwest, backing south or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 for a time. Sea State: Slight or moderate. Weather: Occasional rain, fog patches later. Visibility: Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later. Just five days until the first group of Northern Isles expedition artists and... Read more ›