Having spent a lot of time working, we decided it was time for a day off. With arranged with my son Nick to pick us up from the ferry and take us sight (or site) seeing round the West Mainland, though the World Heritage Site.
We took both Scottie and Nick’s collie Bess with us, and the first stop was the Ring of Brodgar so that they could run off some energy:
Many of the stones have interesting graffiti on them…
… and are well worth a close look.
Then it was off to Skara Brae, the ‘oldest village in Europe’.
I never get tired of showing folks round these sites. They are about 5000 years old, and set in fabulous scenery.
We followed our usual route round Birsay and over to the Broch of Gurness, probably my favourite site. It is a simple Iron Age broch, with village round, but the setting is superb…
After a couple more days of hard work….
… I had a surprise when I went for the local paper:
Then it was all about getting ready for Saturday. That was the Flotta Day for the Orkney Nature festival mini autumn festival. I spent the day giving workshop, and Elly spent some time in the workshop….
… and some time out on a boat. More about that in the next post, but here is a taster of what they were looking for: