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Tuesday 1st July
We departed Inverness at 07:30 in no wind to catch slack water at Channonry point. This is a narrow bend in the river and we saw many dolphins showing off. We continued under motor for several more hours when a light easterly came with bright sunshine and a flat sea. From there ...
... for that. Needless to say we've had an absolute ball and enjoyed our journey more than we can possibly say. We have met such wonderful people from all walks of life and had such a good laugh along the way.
For those of you interested in stats
Total Mileage was 1106 miles or thereabouts
Favourite area - Scotland ( closely followed by the Lakes and Shropshire, ...
It was a rather bittersweet day today, leaving Kirkwall and telling our lovely hosts good bye. The old struggle with suitcase and backpack began again! The bus ride to Stromness was good, the weather warm and sunny. There was quite a bit of time to wander a new way in Stromness and take a few more pictures before time to board the ferry for the hour and a half trip to Scrabster, where the ferry docks on the mainland..
We were able this ...
... 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 ...
... alone an Earl.
The plan was to fill the car with petrol, drop me and the luggage off at the ferry port, then return the car to the car-hire just up the hill. However, as we came into the ferryport we were rather startled to see the big sign advertising the next sailing as 4:45 pm!! I went in to enquire and was told that yes, the morning sailing is at 11am, but today there is no morning sailing on the timetable!! Swear and curse!! It's such a pain not ...
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