Friday, 26 August 2016

Day one

Arrival at Kirkwall Airport about 12:30.  I can only drive an automatic so Triana agreed to drive since manual transmission cars are much more plentiful and much cheaper.

After checking in to the hotel we went to the Visitor Centre.  The man on staff who helped us told us how wise we were to have booked the private evening tour of Skara Brae as the next day would be 'manic'.  We discovered the next day that a huge cruise chip had docked and the island was flooded with coach tours.

I had booked a tour of Maeshowe ahead of time as I learned  it can only be seen by guided tour.

Maeshowe is a 5,000 year old neolithic chambered cairn, one of the finest in Europe.

Inside the cairn is Viking 'graffiti', some of which is similar to 'Ragnor was here' some were mentions of treasure.

Photography was not allowed inside, and my photos of the outside have disappeared.  Here's one I borrowed from online:

Found my photo!

After the fascinating Maeshowe tour, we took a drive past the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, but didn't stop as it was raining.  We made our way to the town of Stromness and wandered the cobbled streets until dinnertime.


Dinner at The Ferry Inn was fantastic!

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