Tag Archives: Orkney

Orphir round kirk #Orkney #Scotland

Orphir is a region of Mainland Orkney where once again we were immersed in history, this time 11th/12th century, and back to the murder of St. Magnus First, we visited the Orkneyinga Saga Centre to view documents and a fantastic audio-visual display about the saga, which tells the extensive history of the jarls (earls) of […]

Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn #Orkney #Scotland

Back again to yet another Neolithic chambered cairn – this one, Cuween Hill, is the final one we visited, and I’m glad, because I can tell you, if this had been the first, I would never have gone inside! The approach is up a steep hill (guess the name gives that away!), and it isn’t […]

Earl’s Palace, Birsay, #Orkney #Scotland

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), […]

Viking settlement on the Brough of Birsay #Scotland #Orkney

Still catching up on my trip to Orkney, I’m taking us back in history again, this time to the Vikings. I recently read a fantastic historical novel (3 books in 1, really): King Hereafter, by Dorothy Dunnett. Published in 1982, the language is far more dense than modern books, and more Tolkein-esque in style with […]

Touring Holiday: Skaill House #Orkney #Scotland

Back to Orkney This is the twelfth post from my Orkney trip, and I’m not finished yet by quite a long way. Considering we were only there for a week, you are maybe starting to understand just how much history there is to investigate in this amazing place – and so far this has all […]

#Touring #Scotland – Orkney’s Neolithic village, SKARA BRAE

Orkney’s most famous Neolithic site (and if you’ve been following my posts, you must by now realise there are a LOT of them), is the extremely well preserved stone age village SKARA BRAE From Wikipedia: “Consisting of eight clustered houses, it was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC and is Europe’s most […]

#Touring #Scotland – Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces, Kirkwall, Orkney

In another change of era, here’s a tour of some medieval ruins: the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces in the Orkney capital of Kirkwall, situated opposite St Magnus Cathedral. This is what it might have looked like when in use Inside, you get an idea of the impressive size of this Palace, much of it in […]

#Touring #Scotland – Orkney, The Tomb of the Eagles

Back to Neolithic times on Orkney and a visit to the Tomb of the Eagles, also known as Isbister Chambered Cairn. The common name came about because the tomb contained the remains of up to 14 white-tailed sea eagles alongside nearly 16,000 human bones. Situated at the southern end of South Ronaldsay (accessible via the […]

#Orkney Mainland and Churchill Barriers #Touring #Scotland

Orkney is pretty windswept, and has only small, stunted trees, so the vistas are open, and dominated by stunning coastlines and views of other islands. Remember, Orkney consists of around 70 islands (20 inhabited), so almost everywhere you go has views of other land masses. Although we were there for ten days, there was so […]

#Orkney – the Broch of Gurness #Touring #Scotland

During this strange phase of our lives, I plan to keep on sharing our tour of Orkney last year – so lovely to look at places we cannot currently visit. Swapping time periods again, next came the Broch of Gurness. This is still pretty ancient – Iron Age, somewhere between 500 and 200 years BC. […]