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... was fine, but the return crossing in the afternoon was rough. Apparently the ferry company monitors the weather outlook and decides the day before if they will run; they never take people across if they can't get them back in the afternoon, so we were lucky it was running the day we were there. First stop was the Italian Chapel, built by Italian POWs. It is very beautiful, especially considering what they had to work with. We saw Scapa Flow, where the British Navy ...
... with Norway though given it's only 300 miles away and the Norwegians ruled the Orkneys for over 600 years.
The real highlight of the day was Skara Brae, a 5000 year old neolithic settlement. The houses were amazingly well constructed with close fitting stone walls and floors , doors, proper beds, heating, drainage, and a sideboard (yes - a sideboard). Recent evidence seems to indicate they were farming cattle and sheep, growing cereals, and fishing in ...
... here and some have the skull and crossbones from pirate lore. Yes there were smugglers and pirates in the Orkneys. The tomb of important arctic explorer, Dr John Rae is in this church. A little gem we chanced upon.
Then off to the Ring of Bogor (like Stonehenge ) and the Standing Stones of Steness. Then back to the boat for the home trip.
It has been a beautiful day on the Orkneys. Can't believe we were so ...
Another lovely day. I packed up camp while Jim headed off to cycle the Spey Way in the northern direction. He said the first section to Craigellachie was scenic and a good surface but after that it climbed steeply through a farm and was quite rocky. We carried on to Elgin where there was a huge Tesco, and did quite a big shop. Along the way there were quite a few old stone houses no longer lived in and in various states of disrepair.
The beach at Findhorn was very nice ...
... Naturally, as the road is so short, it is literally not much more than the front access to the hotel. It is an interesting story to read while we wait for the meal to be delivered. The food certainly warrants the recommendation. Today. 32 kms to John O'Groats 28 kms to Wick Total 1,447 Kilometres. Total uphill ascending since leaving Lands End: 12,696 metres. (Everest is 8,848 metres or closer to home Mt Kosciusko in Australia is 2,228 ...