A look around the visitor centre which was being built on our first visit and an opportunity to check on the puffins which had recently arrived. Like much of the wildlife hereabouts they face increasing challenges due to climate change and plastic waste.
A remarkable prehistoric archaeological site on which you could actually enter the ruins. An amazing insight into the buildings people lived in over the ages.
Crossed the tombolo for a walk around the island passing the old chapel we visited on our first trip to Shetland. Stayed overnight undisturbed until the local farmer rode by on her quad bike to check the sheep on the island.
Overnight ferry from Kirkwall to arrive at a very wet Lerwick. Found this site alongside a marina for our first night in Shetland.
As part of the celebrations Kirkwall City Pipe Band lead a parade from the pier to the Cathedral for speeches followed by a service.
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.