Ferry to Orkney Islands, Skara Brae & Skail House, Yesnaby, Stones of Stenness & Ring of Brodgar
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WEDNESDAY: DAY 27: We skipped breakfast ( at the hotel) only this time it was because we got up TOO early, 6:30am if you can believe that. The reason being we had to catch the NORTHLINK FERRY to the ORKNEY ISLANDS. We drove to catch the ferry in SCRABSTER because it was the shortest being 90 minutes and we could take our rental car on it. There were a few lanes & you were told what lane to get in. Then we drove on & the cars were left at the bottom & no one was allowed to stay in the vehicles. They had chocolate caramel shortbread (yes sometimes I do have chocolate for breakfast lol) & of course good tea on the ferry. The ferry was a desent size with a bar & gift shop. We waited to go outside since it was very chilly.
Once we got off the ferry we drove west to SKARA BRAE which is known as "the best preserved Neolithic village in Europe" and was uncovered in 1850 by a huge storm.
We drove to find YESNABY that had spectacular cliffs & a rocky coastline. The scenery here was just awesome! We climbed on the rocks & walked the cliff path. The weather was windy but relatively warm. There was only a handful of people here. The STONES OF STENNESS which are the remains of a stone circle were next on our tour. There was once 12 stones & they were put here between 3000BC and 2500BC. There are only 4 stones left standing with the tallest one at 19 feet high. We were the only people here & it was mid-day. The books say the ideal time to visit is sunrise or sunset with the stones against the sky.
We drove what seem like on the same road or at least not far to find the RING OF BRODGAR, another stone circle which was also a spectacular site. It has a circular layout surrounded by a ditch. It is one of the largest stone circles in the British Isles and dates to the Neolithic period: 2500BC and 2000BC. There is only 36 of the 60 original stones left standing. One was split by lightning in 1980 & there was a marker beside it. The heather was in bloom here so the stones with the purple heather made for some pretty pictures.
After our touring, it was time to check into our B&B for 2 nights at BELLA VISTA in Kirkwall & we got a twin room. We were next to the water & it was a lovely place. I liked the Mango & Jojoba bathgel. lol We ate at BUSTER'S which was like an American restaurant with different pictures of the US on the walls. They also had Mexican food & we had enchiladas & garlic cheese bread which were delicious! We went back to the B&B & stayed in for the night & it did not get dark until 10:30pm! I also had a strange nightmare that night about someone following us back to the B&B & stuck their arm in our bedroom window to grab a hold of us! It was really spooky & I even made a strange noise in my sleep! It woke Suzi up & she thought something was wrong! It must have been the enchiladas! lol