A Day in the Orkney Islands

 

We started the day by driving to the most northerly town on the British mainland, John O’Groats. En route we passed Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the mainland (photo). We took a passenger ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands Sightseeing with a Local Expert included visits to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII.  The weather today was the nicest we have had so far.

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The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, it presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago. The excellent visitor centre allows you to see what life would have been like in the  prehistoric village and to see ancient homes fitted with stone beds, dressers and seats. The walk around the ruins is very interesting and you can see the resemblance to the similar site in the Shetland Islands which I visited in 2015. Here is the link https://lesliesh.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/lerwick-shetland-islands/

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Ring of Brodgar

The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle about 6 miles north-east of Stromness. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a series of important domestic and ritual monuments built 5000 years ago in the Orkney Islands.  It  comprises a massive stone circle, originally consisting of 60 stones of which 36 survive today, some13 prehistoric burial mounds  and a large rock-cut ditch surrounding the stone circle.

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Before returning to Thurso on the ferry we saw the Italian chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during WW II..

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