A quick trip forward in time on Orkney again, moving from the Viking settlement across the causeway to the 16th-century Earl’s Palace on the Mainland.
The ruins still display the layout and size of the palace, built around a large open courtyard.
Nominally a castle (though it wouldn’t have been very defensible, in my opinion), construction took place over 2 decades, the 1570s and 80s, and was the home of Robert Stuart, illegitimate son of James V, and half brother to Mary, Queen of Scots.
It must have been rather grand, I feel, with all this open space and the big windows (only on the upper floor, for defence capabilities), but sadly once Earl Robert died, future earls rarely used the palace, and by 1700 it was already falling into disrepair.
Given that, the survival of this much brick work shows how well built it was at the time.
The palace is right on the coast, so we went for a wander along the beach and found these guys.
Is this one waving at us?? Or telling us to go away?
There is STILL a little more to come from this amazing trip, with more leaps through time, and I reckon I should finish them up about one year after we took the holiday!!!