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    St Magnus Cathedral
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    From Kirkwall Harbour
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    Kirkwall - city centre with lots of cars...
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     The people, ancient history, environment and healthy living, the best ice cream, cosmopolitan and egalitarian, friendly, and stunningly beautiful with awesome natural light, sea and land combined! 

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     A lot of travelling needed to get there, a lot of travelling on ferrys to get to different islands. 

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     The most wonderful islands! 

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  • Explorer Extraordinaire John Rae...

    Stromness Things to Do

    The three masted vessel the "Prince of Wales" heeled as she met the fresh breeze and turned to starboard as she entered the choppy grey waters of Hoy Sound. John Rae stood enjoying the spray of salt air, the creaking masts, crackling halyards and snapping sails. He was on his way at the age of 19 to Hudson Bay as a doctor.Born on 30 September 1813...

  • How Stromness helped establish Canada

    Stromness Things to Do

    The boom of the signal cannon announced the sighting of the Hudson Bay ship in the choppy waters of Hoy Sound. The three-masted four-hundred-ton barque, the Prince of Wales, swung to port as it made its approach to Stromness harbour. It was the final port of call before crossing the Atlantic. The Company’s ship had come to stock up on fresh...

  • Dive the German High Sea Fleet Wrecks

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    At the bottom of Scapa flow lies the many ships of the German navy scuttled in June 1919. Some were salvaged but many are still down there. Also worth a visit are the block ships in Burra Sound. These are shallower and make perfect second dives.German ships: the Brummer, the Koln, the Dresden, the Kronprinz Wilhelm, the Markgraf, the Karlsruhe.Dry...



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  • Bishop and Earl's Palaces

    Kirkwall Things to Do

    Standing across Palace Road from the Cathedral are the Bishop and Earl’s Palaces. Such style and grandeur implies an interesting story.Hailed as "the finest example of French Renaissance architecture in Scotland", the Earl's Palace is a piece of architectural brilliance. It stands two stories high in "L" formation. The ground floor contains massive...

  • St Magnus Cathedral

    Kirkwall Things to Do

    St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is the most northerly in Britain. Impressive when viewed from outside it is more magnificent inside. It appears larger than is the case. Following extensions over the centuries, Romanesque, Transitional and Gothic styles blend in patterned arches, ogives and pillars made of red and yellow sandstone. Despite the cold...

  • The Wireless Museum - One Man's Passion

    Kirkwall Things to Do

    The love of wireless sets led Jim MacDonald to collect domestic and defence wireless equipment. You can see his extensive collection in a Wireless Museum at Kiln Corner Kirkwall, close to the Harbour. It is run by a charitable Trust and staffed by unpaid enthusiasts. It struck me on looking round how the stages in wireless development also charts...


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