Friends of St Ninian's

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  • Sunday Opening in the Kirk

    If you would like to see round St Ninian’s and take a closer look at the hogback monument, the kirk will be open on Sunday afternoons in July and August from 2 till 4. Any other time - please contact a key holder on 01856 741304 or 01856 741307.

Deerness News

  • World War 1 Remembrance

    On 26 & 27 September Deerness will remember James Craigie of Breck & Thomas Foubister of Little Grindigar, who died 100 years ago that week at the Battle of Loos. We'll be particularly glad to see family of both at St Ninian's over that weekend.

    A lot of information is already held about both boys, but if anyone has photographs, letters, scrapbook entries or any other mentions of them or their family, we'll be very pleased to hear from you.

    Also, in particular, if you have information about any Deerness survivors of the Battle of Loos or Neuve Chapelle, please get in touch. And of course, we're always pleased to hear from you with any other Deerness World War 1 information.

    Anne Mitchell 741300, Leslie Foubister 861332, Mabel Eunson 741325, Adrian Woodfield 741426​

Welcome to our website!

Drawing of St Ninian's, Deerness by Isobel GardnerWelcome to The Friends of St Ninian’s website.  We aim to keep you informed not only about our organisation, its work and events, but also to open up the life and times of the Orkney parish of Deerness to local folk and visitors alike, whether in person, or across the world-wide web.

The photographs on this website show you a variety of landscapes and seascapes of Deerness – out to Copinsay, to the North Isles, Auskerry and back across to the rest of Mainland Orkney.  Enjoy these images, and please add more to the photo gallery.

Photo © Donna Eunson

  • Do you live in Deerness and want to advertise your business?
  • Did your forebears come from Deerness and you want to know more?
  • Have you an event in Deerness to promote, or a photo to share or a question to ask?

We look forward very much to your participation in this website.



Join the Friends of St Ninian’s and help support our work in looking after the Lower Kirk and exploring the heritage and culture of Deerness. We welcome membership from Deerness folk, Deerness-connected folk and folk who simply want to support The Friends of St Ninian's because it's a worthwhile endeavour.

Click here to download a membership form.

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