A new book and exhibition detailing experiences of walks around the coastline of Orkney will be launched this month.

Orcadian photographer Frances Scott began the project in 2016 and her book, ‘Undertow’, is a collection of photographs, handwritten notes and map-routes from the islands Frances has walked so far.

Frances said: "Over the course of two years, section by section, I walked the circumference of the Mainland and its tidal islands. Since then, I’ve walked round Eynhallow, North Ronaldsay, Rousay, and Glimps Holm, with sections of Papay and Hoy too. Initially, I didn’t take a camera with me, as I wanted to be free to experience things without being trapped behind a lens, and due to this, writing became an important way to record my walks (as well as the odd iPhone photo). In the last couple of years I have also been using a medium format film camera to capture the coast, and it’s these photographs which feature in my publication."

Handwritten map of Rousay by Frances Scott


The book will be launched at the Pier Arts Centre from between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday 29th February, where Frances will be speaking about the project and will be available to sign copies of the book.

To celebrate the launch, a selection of photographs, maps, drawings and writing will also be on show at the Pier Arts Centre, opening on the 19th and running until the 29th of February.

The Pier Arts Centre is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30am – 5.00pm. Admission is free.

You can find out more about Frances' project with our special blog.