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Travel Blogs from Kirkwall
... up a very narrow farm track and on up into the cloud and mist of Wideford Hill. Right at the top we found a lot of radio and TV antennas, and an old cottage, but no chambered cairn, and so after a fair bit of tromping about in very wet heather, we went back to where we had seen a parked car, and there found an information board and map showing a map of the short walk to the cairn. It felt quite adventurous, setting off into the lifting and lowering mist and rain of a ...
... Stenness Stones and the great Ring of Brodgar. We have seen an interesting documentary on this area, and current thinking, as far as I remember, is that the very narrow causeway across between two lochs, connects the land of the dead (the burial chamber, Maes Howe, and the Stenness Stones) with the land of the living (Ring of Brodgar, created as a sort of assembly point for all the tribes) and hence was very important. Some current digs are underway on the causeway, right in the ...
... this as an accurate measure of one yard of material hence the name from the grave yard i would say.
Well after this little break we were soon on the road again and before long we arrived at this smelly sea side port whew i thought Taz was bad but this was well fishy, but we are waiting for the ferry to take us back in time, and in time it arrived and then we were onboard the ferry as we headed out into the sea. Stewart started to look a tad green around the gills HA ...
... then I went to a few other ancient sites. I walked over to an island that only has access during low tide. There are remains of very ancient settlements there, including remains of when Vikings lived there. The Vikings came to Orkney and lived too. One of the ancient burial tombs has Viking graffiti in there written in Runes.
Then I went to a place called the Broch of Gurness. This was very interesting. I want to say that so far on my ...
... included a pic of me in front of one to give you an idea.
Then I went to a beach somewhat nearby during low tide. On my way, I took an unmarked side road I found on google maps. While on this road, I saw a guy on a quad motorbike coming toward me in the distance. It was a single track road so there is only room for one car but there are passing places every so often. Then I see behind him are a flock of sheep. So I stopped at a passing place and he went by along with the ...
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