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!
A lot of travelling needed to get there, a lot of travelling on ferrys to get to different islands.
The most wonderful islands!
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...more
Skara Brae is actually multiple villages built on the same site over the centuries. It was fascinating. The day we visited it was blustery with rain showers which I gather is pretty much any day in Orkney. The weather just added to the atmosphere. You can't enter the ancient dwellings but you see them from above so you get a good look. Nearby...more
The construction of the cathedral began in 1137 - initiated by Earl Rognvald. The Islands were Norse at that time.It has been added to over the centuries, and is an interesting combination of red and yellow sandstone.Really the jewel of the town, and at its heart - go see.more
Just took a chance and dived in here one night...No regrets...Ordered a burger on the strength of the menu's promise that it would be 100% Orkney beef. Well I can't tell you where the cow came from (unlikely to be imported from the mainland since the island is full of beef cattle) but it was definitely a real burger - not some processed c**p.Really...more
The Bishop's Palace was built in the 12th century when Orkney was still a Norse earldom, as a residence for the bishop of St Magnus Cathedral.The Earl's Palace was built around 1600, by which time Orkney was part of Scotland.Both are now ruins. Worth a visit, none the less, as they are key historical relics.Both are Historic Scotland sites, and...more