Crossed the first of the Churchill Barriers to visit to the Italian Chapel. Since our first visit six years ago staff have been introduced to regulate an increasing number of visitors and keep watch over the chapel itself.
A tour of Sanday and its many beaches, including the lighthouse at Start Point and the engines of the German ship B-98 which grounded after the tow line parted when being towed away to be scrapped.
A short ferry trip with our bikes for a cycling tour of Shapinsay. A 3m high standing stone, the Mor Stein, stands where it is said to have landed after being thrown by a giant from the Mainland at his fleeing wife!
Domestic chores completed and now our base for exploring some of the northern islands of Orkney.
A 19th century fisherman’s hut and ‘nousts’ or ‘noasts’, the deep grooves in the ground that the fisherman drew their boats into for the protection. From nearby there were also good views to the Brough of Birsay and its lighthouse. Sadly on a rising tide it was not feasible to cross the causeway to get […]
A guided tour of this WWII airfield with its unique control tower build above the observations room. Opened for tours since our visit to Orkney in 2013 and lead today by the same guide who showed around Ness Battery during our previous visit. Some 1500 personnel were based here but little other than the bases […]
Wilding alongside the derilict buildings of the WWII Naval Communications and Operations Centre. A magnificent position from which all of Scapa Flow could be observed.
The lifeboat house from which the Longhope lifeboat *TGB* set off on 17 March 1969 to render assistant to MV Irene who was in difficulty off South Ronaldsay. Sadly all 8 crew members were lost when *TGB* was swamped and capsized. In a nearby kirkyard a statue has been erected to commemorate the crew.