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... moor and coastal scenery. Then to John O'Groats, NOT the most northerly tip of Scotland( see tomorrow). John had wanted to come here since 1989 and today he made it. Looked around the small village and took the usual photos with the signpost, then moved from the small settlement to the headland at Duncansby Head to camp. There we met Nigel and Sandra, an English ...
... YES because they've got an answer for everything even if it doesn't make sense. I don't want to offend anyone, but I felt like they were brainwashed. I'm all for Scottish nationalism but at what cost would it have come to the people, economy, society etc. It was all a bit scary to be honest. I was all set to see the result last night but then I found out it wouldn't be revealed until the early hours of the morning, so I headed to bed only to find out the results early this morning. And ...
... is situated along the Loch of Stenness which is a mixture of fresh and sea water.
There are many burial mounds which are still being excavated.
We were at Scapa Flow which was the naval base for the British Fleet during both World Wars. The Churchill Barriers were built there after a German submarine snuck in and sank the British battleship Royal Oak. These ...
... the palace were similar again to the Roman architecture of ~400 A.D. that I just studied. The red blocks in the columns are actually large blocks of red sandstone. Lots of stone spiral staircases again too. The kitchen fireplace is beyond huge. There are many of those big trees in the yard, though no crows nesting this time.
Then over ...
... It has 3 stories but people are only allowed on the 1st. There are tours of the upper floors on certain days. I would like to do that if I go back.
Then I finished the day by visiting the stones again in the evening. I got plenty of time with the stones, and felt really good about the day. My energy had shifted today because I started to enjoy what I was seeing and doing. And I wasn't having the driving stress like before.