Northern Sands Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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Awake early with alarm at 5.30am. Our light breakfast & off to the coach station on a wet summers day in Scotland. Left for John O Groats at closer to 7.30am & arrived at 10.15am for 10.30am ferry crossing to Orkney. A very wet mornings drive all the way up with visibility poor in places passing the town of Wick largest in area with population 7,000 & to the most northerly place on mainland Britain John O Groats. Boarded our ferry for our ...
... it was locked. It was raining pretty badly but I still got in a walk around the outside of the building and through the old cemetery. Based on the outside the inside would have been really something. Not sure what my fascination is with old cemeteries, but I like looking at the dates, design of the stones and reading the sometimes funny wording. The town was really old looking but kept up well. One contrast I noticed between the houses on ...
... and safety. It had started to rain so we walked out to the ruins first before visiting the house and visitor center. We walked around the ruins reading the placards for awhile. We then went over to Skaill House. It was the house's property on which Skra Brae is located. We walked the rooms in the family home and the viewed the artifacts collected by the family since the 17th Century. Very nice. We then boarded the bus to our last stop, the ...
... their wool) and walked up to the house foundations. The houses at Stenness were slightly different in design than the ones at Skara Brae. All the stone rings and the mound (burial?) were lined up exactly. Interesting stuff!
We saw windmills here and there – huge turbine type ones – which I asked about. They have the perfect constant winds ...
One of the great joys of the Northern Isles is that the largest island of both the Orkneys and the Shetlands is called "Mainland." I don't know what that makes the rest of Britain - let alone the Continent!!
We had booked our breakfast for 8:30 (here the choice was 8:00 or 8:30) but long before 8:30 we could hear gales of laughter from the breakfast room. We went in on time, to be faced with our host, John, and five guests all in fits of laughter about something ...