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Skipi Geo

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 […]

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Birsay Outdoor Centre

Tonight’s pitch.

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HMS Tern (RNAS Twat)

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 […]

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Wee Fea, Lyness

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.

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Brims – Longhope Lifeboat Museum

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.

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Rackwick

Wilding tonight at Rackwick.

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Old Man of Hoy

Walked 2.5m in from Rackwick along a rough path to view the 137m high stack from Tuaks o’the Boy. Our afternoon expedition meant we missed the groups doing the same walk on a day trip from the Orkney Mainland and we had the viewpoint to ourselves.

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Stromness

Overnighting tonight at Point of Ness campsite with views to Stromness and Scapa Flow. Here currently with 9 other sets of campers (3 x tents, 2 x caravans, 2 x motorhomes and 2 x campervans) it is busier than our last visit when only 2 other vans joined us. Will take the ferry to Hoy […]

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Pentland Firth

A forecast of northerly F5 to 7, moderate to rough with wintery showers greeted us this morning for our trip across the Pentland Firth to Stromness. Well it could have been worse because the winds had dropped from those of the last few days. Anyway coffee and toast followed by time in a cosy seat […]

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Dunnet Bay

Is this the same day? A sunny view over Loch Eriboll before a ‘white-out’ enroute to Thurso which left the front of the van caked in snow and now hail at Dunnet Bay.

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