Orkney https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/ Orkney Stones of Stenness The angle of the top of the stones is apparently how the stone breaks naturally. Those neolithic monument builders knew how to get the best out their materials, that's for sure! https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399409 37399409 Communing with the stones One of the things that struck me most is how proud the local people are of the local archaeology. One of the World Heritage Site rangers said that if you cut into Orkney, it bleeds archaeology. She's right. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399408 37399408 Stones of Stenness https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399407 37399407 The north west coast On the walk to the Kitchener Memorial, part of Marwick Head Bird Reserve https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399404 37399404 Kitchener memorial in the evening sun https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399405 37399405 My new pals https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399406 37399406 Down the passage of the Tomb of the Eagles https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399402 37399402 Skara Brae - the hobbit homes of our forebears Now, I'm a tall girl at 5'11", but in the late stone age people weren't much smaller than we are now. The covered passages between the homes are barely four and a half foot high. A prehistoric mystery. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399410 37399410 Skara Brae https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399411 37399411 Storage solutions, neolithic-style Orkney was never heavily wooded, so 5,000 years ago they built most things from stone. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399413 37399413 Bay of Skaill When Skara Brae was inhabited, the sea was a couple of hundred metres to the left of this picture. Now the sea is encroaching. There are real fears that eventually the site of Skara Brae will be islanded by the incoming sea. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399412 37399412 21st century cairns A fine example of dry stone workmanship, above Cuween Cairn https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399415 37399415 https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399414 37399414 Yesnaby Incredible sea cliffs https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399416 37399416 Fisherman https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399417 37399417 The Blockships These vessels were sunk between the islands south of Orkney mainland to protect the natural harbour of Scapa Flow from penetration by German U-Boats. They were made redundant by the solid causeways that now carry the roads between South Ronaldsay, Holm, Lamb Holm and Burray. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399403 37399403 Highland Park Distillery Thanks to James for my tour and tasting! https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399418 37399418 Kirkwall harbour at sunset https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399419 37399419 The inter-island plane service https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399420 37399420 Quoybanks My home on the island. Note the traditional flagstone roof. That's quite a few tons of rock over my head every night! https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399435 37399435 Sheep in the Pund https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399421 37399421 They've lost their mum https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399425 37399425 Brian in the Burrian Inn One of the smallest pubs I've ever been in. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399423 37399423 John o'Westness A lovely bloke, enjoying his well-earned post-punding beverage. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399422 37399422 How cute! (not me, the lambs) https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399426 37399426 Mary-Ann behind the wheel of a JCB https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399427 37399427 https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399424 37399424 Scotch dumpy hen https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399442 37399442 lambo! https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399438 37399438 The north end of North Ronaldsay Dry-stone enclosures in the foreground: punds (for sheep) and quoys (for vegetables) https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399428 37399428 https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399429 37399429 Sheep at large These are the boys, blue-tongued and released back on to the ness (shore-side) https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399430 37399430 The new lighthouse https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399432 37399432 The light of the lighthouse Still powered by the original clockwork mechanisms, this tiny bulb is refracted and reflected into 10 second flashes that dominate the island at night. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399434 37399434 Shipwreck book Contains details of all shipping accidents around the waters and rocks of North Ronaldsay https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399433 37399433 Start Point lighthouse, on Sanday The nearest island to North Ronaldsay https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399431 37399431 Quoybanks in the moonlight no photoshopping! https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399436 37399436 Yows and lambs in front of the airfield https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399437 37399437 North Ron standing stone unusually, it has a hole through it. Site of a new year's day ritual some of the locals delight in. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399439 37399439 Standing stone hole https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399441 37399441 Standing stone and fulmar at sunset https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399440 37399440 https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399443 37399443 Seafaring losses https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399444 37399444 Flagstones on Papa Westry https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399445 37399445 Knap of Howar One of the oldest houses in the world. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399446 37399446 Semi-detached, neolithic style https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399447 37399447 in the flying seat The pilot let me sit next to him! Unfortunately for him, I stunk of sheep crap https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399458 37399458 Stromness https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399449 37399449 Aberdeen in spring https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399450 37399450 https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399451 37399451 https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399452 37399452 Marischal College https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399453 37399453 bear/man on a pot found in Aberdeen harbour. The jury's still out on whether it's a bear or a man. https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399455 37399455 https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399456 37399456 Goin' Home! https://www.maryannochota.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=37399457 37399457