Ayre's Rock Hostel

Sanday, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Hostel
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The Orkney Islands

A travel blog entry by gdandpj2013 on Jul 17, 2014

1 comment, 15 photos

... full of ships and activity. The place where Lord Kitchener lost his life in suspicious circumstances, and where Churchhill built the famous barriers to act as defences of the flow, the Italian Church made from a couple of Nissen huts and lots of recycled stuff and much more from the war years. But then Penny found a place called Broch of Gurness and the world famous Scara Brae. While she probably could suggest ...

At Sea

A travel blog entry by roamingrunner on Jul 17, 2014

4 photos

Today is a "Sea Day", which means that the boat doesn't stop anywhere at all. That could be boring but the cruise line does a great job of keeping us entertained. First, for lunch we had a traditional British Pub Lunch - Richard had the Bangers & Mash (sausages and ...

Sounds, Smells and Statistical Significance

A travel blog entry by rnjemk on Jun 28, 2014

... for extra caution on the day we had intended to travel to Papa Westray became obvious. The hold-cargo just kept coming and coming, to the extent that the ferry sat at least a metre higher in the water when unloaded. And, "the cargo?", I hear you querying, you naughty, inquisitive reader!

It seems it was time for the annual resurfacing of the roads on North Ronaldsay. So, the cargo was a multitude of huge bags of aggregate, a very large tractor with ...

Don't Mention Zee War !!

A travel blog entry by rnjemk on Jun 23, 2014


... island we did see the distant peaks on the horizon.

The southern end of North Ronaldsay is an RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) nature reserve, and the island itself is on the migration routes between Greenland and Iceland and Scandinavia and Europe. At this time of year most of the migratory birds have passed through, but those that come to the island to nest are still here in profusion. We did, however, see the occasional migrant that had been 'blown ...

Hi, Ho. Where's Hoy!

A travel blog entry by rnjemk on Jun 19, 2014


... amongst the estimated 50 to 100 occupants. As only the walls and covered corridor remain, the roofs are believed to have had whale-rib or driftwood rafters covered by animal hides.

On the subject of driftwood, occupants of houses across the Hebrides and the Orkneys have relied heavily on driftwood for roof-construction and furniture for the many thousands of years since the Mesolithic. From the pieces of timber that have survived, the evidence is that much of ...

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