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As you can tell by our lack of posts, we've been busy exploring Orkney. We'd read that Orkney's history was very different from the rest of Scotland, with long ties to Scandinavia. It does feel very different here on Mainland, as Orkney's largest island is called. We came because we were fascinated by a history that traces back 5,000 years to the Neolithic. Before the Pyramids or Stonehenge, there was a sophisticated culture on the Orkney ...
... Two brothers lived in it until the 1960's without electricity, running water or modern cooking appliances. The hearth fire was peat and very smoky. The beds were nueks (beds built into the walls like a nook). They also had a good display of very early farming tools. Then drove to Brough of Birsay where you can cross at low tide to an island to see Norse long houses. It was way too wet to walk. The sea was crashing on the rocks along the beach. Drove back to the ...
... 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 ...
... distance and a spectacular day. Took some close-ups of lichens. Unlike Stonehenge you could walk around and touch the stones. They were all quite thinner than Stonehenge.
The last stop of the tour was at the St. Magnus Cathedral and we were so lucky to have a Norwegian choir practising for a performance later in the day. Their voices were magnificent. We ...
... remained fairly dry and even a sunny patch or two. When I arrived back in town I sourced the 24 hour petrol station that I will need to fill up at in the morning before I take the car back to the airport and park along the waterfront and went for a short walk. There was a sign on the road that asked drivers to look out for otters!! How cute. I looked for some but they are very shy and usually stay out of the way of people so I didn't get to see them.
The Okneys have an ...
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