Skaill Farm

Skaill, Sandwick, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Hotel
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This hotel is located on Skaill, Sandwick.
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Travel Blogs from Sandwick

Journey to Thurso

A travel blog entry by rerowand on Aug 08, 2014

... and about local geography and the history of County Caithness. There was a very interesting exhibit about a local baker named Robert Dick, who was also a famous geologist and botanist. The last exhibit was a rotating exhibit in the art gallery. Shades of Oslo, here was another multimedia display of weird videos. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped for ice cream. We then relaxed and unpacked for our two night stay ...

The Orkney Islands

A travel blog entry by gdandpj2013 on Jul 17, 2014

1 comment, 15 photos

... start for us to catch a 7am ferry, and then a brilliant ride home via the north coast, Tongue, and lots of narrow back-roads. Apart from a bit of rain and a very slippery road on the way to the ferry, weather was perfect. About 6 hours to get home and chill before work the next day.

Reading book at the moment called "Touching the World: A Blind Woman; Two Wheels; 25000miles". Available on Amazon. ...

Sounds, Smells and Statistical Significance

A travel blog entry by rnjemk on Jun 28, 2014

... on solid ground with no background noise. The din from the cliff face was extraordinary - a cacophony of hoots, shreiks, trumpets and honks. Being the sensitive lad that I am, I found the sound of so much life very moving.

I wanted more! And I want it now!

Not so the smell of the rookeries, however. There is no smell alive to match the sheer pungency of guano so thick that the cliff face is as if heavily - and freshly - whitewashed. But, I ...

Hi, Ho. Where's Hoy!

A travel blog entry by rnjemk on Jun 19, 2014


... is also evidence (stone tools and chips) at twelve sites across the archipelago of a Mesolithic (c. 8-7000 BCE) presence: artifacts left by hunter-gatherers believed to have come from Ireland and beyond who arrived in skin-covered and dug-out wooden boats as the Orkneys revegetated when the ice retreated.

Maeshowe, our first visit, is a chambered tomb (again, the term 'broch' is used), dry-stone (constructed without mortar), covered by earth and sod creating ...

The Orkneys at last!

A travel blog entry by grahamandmandi on Sep 10, 2013

95 photos

... them somehow make them all feel a little artificial. One doesn't get a sense of the original builders - or for that matter even of the discovery and dig - in the way that we did in the Chinese ruins or the Armenian city on the Euphrates.

The best thing was the "guard" or whatever he would be called - a young man called Christopher Oosthuizen-Something, whose mum was an Oosthuizen and who had been to South Africa a couple of times. He was enormously entertaining to talk ...