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Place to visit and things to do while travelling around Orkney for a few days.
Arrived on Tuesday at 11pm on the ferry from Aberdeen and left at 11.45pm on Friday (getting home at 7am).
I stayed here for three nights, as well as having a lovely breakfast every morning. I also had dinner here on the first night.
A great wee town to wander about in. Lovely shops and the place I used as a base to explore the rest of Orkney.
Day 1 - The famous Neolithic site. Very interesting but wear warm and waterproof clothing as it can get pretty wet and windy.
Entry to the on-site Skaill House is included and it is well-worth visiting.
Day 1 - Gorgeous sea-side town with amazing shops, selling beautiful clothes, accessories, craft-work and art.
Day 1 - Lunch - good pub grub with lovely sea views.
Day 1 - A fascinating Neolithic chambered cairn. You have to be part of a tour to enter - these happen on the hour and can be booked in advance.
Day 1 - A great example of an Iron-Age settlement.
Day 2 - Mine Howe is a mysterious set of 29 steps that descend into the ground. It was excavated in 1999 by a local farmer and is now run as a visitor attraction by his family.
This is a must-see for anyone visiting Orkney.
Day 2 - Stone-Age tomb and Bronze-Age settlement. Very nice but the entry into the tomb (lying down on a trolley) is a bit over-hyped.
Day 2 - Lunch - Basically, only people who have been at nearby tourist sites, but nice pub grub again.
Day 2 - A series of four causeways that were built in the 1940s as naval defences to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow.
Day 2 - Absolutely breathtaking chapel built by Italian prisoners of war.
Day 2 - A nice tour of the distillery with a wee dram at the end.
Day 2 & 3 - Dinner - Very good food but gets very busy.
Day 3 - Beautiful cathedral in the centre of Kirkwall.
Day 3 - Fabulous building, built by Earl Patrick Stewart in 1607.
Day 3 - Great site, built for Bishop William the Old in the 1150s.
Day 3 - The Roving Eye boat trip takes you out into Scapa Flow before launching a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), allowing you to see clear views of the wrecks underneath.