Ayre's Rock Hostel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Scotland 2015 09 04 Just remembered something funny from last night. We walked into the restaurant that was just about to close. There were no customers and the 3 staff were sitting on the tables chatting and jumped up when we arrived. I said I guess we are a bit late for dinner here and we should go to the bar. One of the young lasses said she would take us thru, asked if we had had a good day and where had we come from. I said we had come from Tongue. Did you like Tongue? she ...
... Our tour of Maeshowe was really great, mostly because our tour guide was very good. He had some nice commentary and discussion about the ancient structure (which predates the oldest pyramids) as well as some excellent jokes. He pointed out Viking graffiti (Vikings broke in centuries after it was closed up, looking for treasure, none found) and explained the tomb's role in the Orkneyinga Saga (a tale of two brothers, you can guess the ending...) and showed ...
... henge scattered around the Island. World war 2 relics as the island was attacked during the war. The Italian Church and Churchill Barriers built by the Italian prisoners of war.
The Churchill barriers are concrete causeways that join some of the islands making them accessible by road.
a WONDERFUL DAY. Yes I would go back.
... built the cathedral to honour his uncle. It took 3 centuries to build. It is a huge cathedral with many additions and renovations over the centuries. Back to the hostel for lunch then we went to the Kirkwall Museum which traced the life on Orkney from 5000 BC to the present. It was under Norse rule until 1468 when it was given to Scotland as a dowry for a Norse princess who married King James of Scotland. The first people were the Stone ...
... at 11:30 a.m. Tina showed me all the cool murals that local artists and the local kids have made on the sides of all the buildings. They were really cool and done really well. With the kids partaking in the painting there doesn't seem to be any vandalism happening at all. We then went into the café to get a hot drink since if wasn't that warm out. Hot chocolate for me since I am still caffeine free, 4 months!!!! Tina ordered me an Invergordon special, a bean and cheese ...