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... it began to beg worse than a dog. It was funny and annoying at the same time! We all boarded the train (minus the bird) and spent the next hour watching the scenery go by as well as watch the two drunk ladies across from me. They were pretty funny! Obviously on a day out in Inverness and had one too many before they boarded the train. I made it to Invergordon and Tina's two sons, Abe and Karim, picked me up from the train station and then they dropped me off at the house, ...
... they are protected by the British Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST).
On arrival on North Ronaldsay in antiquity, the sheep were put to pasture on both grass and kelp along the sea shore. In 1832, a 13 mile long 'dyke' (dry rock wall) was built around the island to prevent the sheep getting to the pastures. Now, the sheep are allowed onto pasture only at the times of lambing and shearing/dipping. The result is an animal that is adapted to an almost exclusively seaweed ...
... sea eagle lives around these cliffs and it is obvious that they have been here for as long as neolithic man because their talons were found in the tomb: hence the name Tomb of the Eagles. The farmer found a 5000 year old tomb that had skeletons in 3 side chambers. After an interesting talk by the ladies where I was actually able to handle a small set of beads and some pottery that was removed from the original excavation! This was really neat because at all the other sites it ...
... the middle of nowhere with no other traffic in sight we manage to get a red light.
Luckily we awoke to a much better day than yesterday and the sun was shining down making everything more vibrant after the rain.
The drive north was filled with beautiful scenery of little towns and picturesque countryside. Apart for a stop for fuel and another one in Wick for the automatic teller we made it to John O'Groats in good time.
Not a lot here, apart from ...
... ferry from Kirkwall to Westray being met at Rapness pier by Catherine and briefly meeting Mabel and Sinclair Bain with one of their children and partner who's names escape me at this stage but I'm sure Moyra will remind me of.
We then travelled up to Pierowall and the barn hostel at Chalmesquoy where we checked in and got sorted before heading to Jock and Myrtles at Santair? for our first meal on Westray. It was great to catch up with them both and share news as well as ...