The forecast for the day was dreary, but we had 2 very important sights to visit today. After a good breakfast ( yes, haggis and black pudding were involved!) we headed off to our first site: Skara Brae.
Scara Brae is a Neolithic village that was completely submerged in the sands of time until a severe storm came up on the North Atlantic and washed part of the settlement into view. This village was preserved intact, other than the rooftops, for 5,000 years! the visitor experience took us by key historic dates that preceded this settlement, and it is amazing to think that this was built well before the pyramids of Giza!
The manor house was lovely. While once having fallen to disrepair, the present Laird has restored the home and opened it to the public.
After our visit to this incredible site, we decoded to explore the town of Stromness. This is the town where our ferry to and from Orkney sails. It’s a pleasant town, with building huddled together to try and protect themselves from the raging North Atlantic.
We headed back to Kirkwall for lunch and a last walk about the town before heading out to our next location, Maeshowe.
As you can see, the day ended up rather rainy, but our last adventure was primarily inside. Now it’s time to get back to the house in Kirkwall and get packed up for our next adventure. We take the ferry tomorrow from Stromness to Srabster and back onto the mainland of Scotland where we continue along the NC500 to Ullapool. It should be a great day for incredible sights ending up in a scenic coastal town. Hope you can join us tomorrow. Until then.
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