Neolithic Orkney

Sun is shining in Orkney this morning. Still windy though. Late start and lovely cooked breakfast a la Tony this morning. Leave Stromness around midday for Skara Brae, a neolithic village. Visitor center is really well put together and informative including a walk-in replica of one of the houses. The actual site is literally right at the edge of the most beautiful Carribbean like beach with huge smooth pebbles, golden sand and turquoise water. We enjoyed a little scramble down to the beach in the sunshine too.

The site itself is amazing. Hard to believe we are looking at dwellings that were lived in 5000 years ago, including the beds people slept in! This site is older than the pyramids and Stonehenge, just blew us away.

Overlooking Skara Brae is Skaill House, which we wander around. It was owned by the local laird who was involved in the original discovery of the site and is in a 1950’s time warp. Enjoy a cuppa and delicious scone in the cafe at the visitors centre.

Next stop on our neolithic tour is the Ring of Brodgar, a circle of 21 standing stones out of the original 60.  The circle is large and we enjoy a wander around it in the sun.

Just up the road is our final tour stop, the Standing Stones of Stenness, four very large stones put here around 3300BC.

After a bit of chill time and tasty paella, we wander into Stromness. The town literally hugs the bay and most groups of houses seem to have their own access to the water. We try the local pubs and watch Spurs beat Man City in an unusually exciting game!

 

 

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