Orkney, 10th-17th October 2015

A week in the Orkney Isles seemed like a good way to spend the October break...


Hoy and the Old Man from the Scrabster-Stromness ferry
Hoy and the Old Man from the Scrabster-Stromness ferry, Saturday 10th October 2015

Ring of Brodgar
At the Ring of Brodgar (built over 4000 years ago!)

Maeshowe
Entering Maeshowe, a 5000+ year old chambered cairn, on Sunday morning

Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn
The ominous approach to Cuween Hill chambered cairn, above Finstown

Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn
Entering the tomb

Wideford Hill
Atop a windy Wideford Hill, Kirkwall behind

Double rainbow
Double rainbow at the Boat House, Monday morning

Orkney Brewery
Orkney Brewery making a batch of the delectable Dark Island ale

Skara Brae
The ancient village of Skara Brae

Fish fossil
Fish fossil
Pieces of fossil armoured fish which lived in Lake Orcadie, by the Caledonian Mountains, in Devonian times (about 380 million years ago)

Brough of Birsay Lighthouse
Brough of Birsay Lighthouse

Hoy
On Hoy, Tuesday morning - walking in to see the Old Man of Hoy

Old Man of Hoy
The Old Man of Hoy (spot the boat!)

Climbers on the Old Man of Hoy
Climbers on the second pitch of Original Route on the Old Man of Hoy (E1 5b)

Old Man of Hoy
The Old Man of Hoy (and a boat)

The Old Man of Hoy
The Old Man of Hoy from below

Climbers on Old Man of Hoy
Climbers high on the Old Man of Hoy

Hoy
Walking back to Rackwick

Finstown_Sunrise
Sunrise over Wideford Hill, from Finstown, Wednesday

Faulted Fold, by Tomb of the Eagles
A faulted fold, by Tomb of the Eagles

Tomb of the Eagles
In the Tomb of the Eagles

Italian Chapel
In the Italian Chapel

Boat House, Finstown
Back at the Boat House, our accommodation in Finstown

Saint Olaf, in Saint Magnus Cathedral
Saint Olaf conquering his evil self, or something like that. In Saint Magnus Cathedral, Thursday

Mort Brod in Saint Magnus Cathedral
Saint Magnus Cathedral's beautiful Mort Brod (death board)

Higland Park
Airing barley on Highland Park's malting floor


Highland Park
Highland Park's stills

Highland Park
Well, I hope it tastes really good...

Ruddy Turnstone
A Ruddy Turnstone on the beach by Broch of Gurness, Friday

Broch of Gurness
Broch of Gurness - an amazing ancient village and fort

Stromatolites at Yesnaby Head
Stromatolites at Yesnaby Head (fossil algal domes from the Devonian Lake Orcadie)

Yesnaby Head
Yesnaby Head
Yesnaby Head

Yesnaby Head iron ore
Iron ore in veins in weathered soils at Yesnaby Head

Yesnaby Head cave arch hole
A cave/arch/hole thingy at Yesnaby Head

Rae's Close, Stomness
Um ... OK. How close? (Stromness on Saturday 17th October 2015)

Parking
You'll never fit all 18 of them in there...

St. John's Head, Hoy
St. John's Head (the highest vertical cliff in the UK), from the ferry home



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