The Orkneys

I was nervous about flying there (I'm a horribly fearful flyer and this was a small prop plane) but it was better than the hour plus ferry ride in rough waters. The flight turned out to be just fine and it was so worth it. Orkney is amazing. Windswept, ancient, there's so much history from the Neolithic to the Vikings and beyond. It was once a Norse community and the names of things reflect that. It's home to the most well preserved Neolithic site in the world, Skara Brae, beautiful cliff tops above a wild sea, rolling green hills, tiny villages seemingly stuck back in time, and of course, sheep. Cheviots and some other breeds dot the landscape but on North Ronaldsay Island, a few hours on the ferry north, the famous seaweed eating North Ronaldsay sheep live. Truly one of the most beautiful places I've ever been and made me wish I owned a small crofters farm there. It was summer of course and that meant daylight from roughly 4:30 am to 10:00 pm or so. Plenty of time to get out and experience all Orkney has to offer. Below, another photo essay for your viewing pleasure.

We rented a cottage in Holm (pronounced Ham) and this was the view out the kitchen window.

We rented a cottage in Holm (pronounced Ham) and this was the view out the kitchen window.

View from our back garden.

View from our back garden.

The beautiful Orkney countryside.

The beautiful Orkney countryside.

Some of the many fiber related Neolithic artifacts found on Orkney.

Some of the many fiber related Neolithic artifacts found on Orkney.

The Burnt Mound at Tomb of the Eagles.

The Burnt Mound at Tomb of the Eagles.

Majestic cliffs above the sea.

Majestic cliffs above the sea.

Inside the Neolithic burial cairn The Tomb of the Eagles.

Inside the Neolithic burial cairn The Tomb of the Eagles.

Expansive sea views.

Expansive sea views.

Sheep residents.

Sheep residents.

Baby following mama.

Baby following mama.

The incredible Skara Brae.

The incredible Skara Brae.

Lovely Kirkwall.

Lovely Kirkwall.

St. Magnus Cathedral and grounds, Kirkwall.

St. Magnus Cathedral and grounds, Kirkwall.