Castle Arms Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Today was a long day but at least Scotland turned on a beautiful summer day.
We had a short drive up the coast to catch the ferry to the Isle of Orkney and had an hour trip over seeing lots of seals on the rocks which the ferry skirts around. Then we toured around the islands and went to see the 5000 year old site of Skara Brae. All pretty amazing and quite hard to take in that something is that old. Then it was back on the ferry for a slightly rougher trip ...
This morning was spent walking around Inverness and taking pictures. Therefore, the first half of today's pictures are from Inverness.
This was another great day with new sights, new conversations with very nice people and a super train ride way up North. We began in Inverness and ended in Thurso. I am sitting in a very old and quaint B & B.
Before we left, we had a good and filling breakfast at our B & B ...
... tie the clootie up on the tree. As the cloth rots away and returns to the earth, the ailment will disappear too. Of course in pre-Christian times, the spirit of the well was an Earth Spirit; later it was a saint, but the way the wells are used has remained absolutely unchanged over millennia.
We had some trouble finding the well, getting thoroughly lost in the tangle of paths through the lovely woodland, turning golden almost before our eyes at present, but ...
The morning ferry leaves Stromness at 11am, so we had a quick breakfast and set off before 9am in order to be able to take the longer route along the southern coast of Mainland.
The only site of real interest on the map was the Round Church of Orphir, which also included something called the Earl's Bu, which we felt was absolutely unmissable. Who could admit they had been on an island which contained an Earl's Bu and hadn't visited it?
The Round ...
... led the way to the Earthhouse, stood guard while we were underground, and then saw us safely off the property, checking that we hadn't nicked the family silver as we left. And then sat down in the middle of the drive to await the next visitors.
The second place was the Wideford Hill chambered cairn, which we thought would be just a little way off the road but turned out to be about halfway back to Kirkwall on a small secondary road. This also ...