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Orkney Islands

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  • Day86

    A little bit of the past

    August 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Erst ein kleiner Ausflug nach Stromness mit einem schönen Ausblick auf die Insel Hoy, dann zum Unstan cairn (ein kleines begehbares Hügelgrab) und schließlich zu den Standing Stones of Stenness und den Ring of Brodgar. Im Gegensatz zu Stonehenge sind diese Steinkreise kostenfrei zu besichtigen. Auch hier ist man noch am grübeln wofür die stehen. 5000 Jahre alte Geschichte ist schwer zu interpretieren.Read more

    Dave Waller

    Lovely photo's Marcus.

    Marcus Hein


  • Day3

    Landgang in Kirkwall auf den Orkneyinsel

    May 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Das Wetter auf den Orkneyinsel ist heute very britisch! Nebelig und Sprühregen! Aber der keine Ausflug war trotzdem sehr schön ! In zwei Stunden verlassen wir die Insel in Richtung Island! Ein Seetag liegt aber vorher noch vor uns ! Bis jetzt hatten wir nur leichten Seegang und eine angenehme Überfahrt! Im Nordmeer wird es sicher etwas stürmischer !Read more

    Eva Munteanu

    Einsam ein bisschen 😘

    Eva Munteanu

    Es regnet dort auch ?

    Carlos Graf

    ...viel Spaß in UK...

    Carlos Graf

    ...sieht aus wie bei Miss Mapel...

  • Day8

    Day 7 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

    August 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Kirkwall, heard of it? Well I’m guessing probably not so I’ll tell you a little about it. It is the capital of the Orkney Islands situated off the northern end of the Scottish mainland and was a key naval stronghold in both world wars. The township itself is larger than we expected and appears to have about 9000 people living there with a good array of sites, shops and pubs.

    The weather can be challenging but played ball for us today with temps about 14 - 16 degrees and no rain. Remember this absolute peak summer.... Regardless it is a really pretty place with a surprising amount to see. We didn’t do any of the formal tours on offer, instead deciding to find our own entertainment.

    That consisted of firstly a visit to the wireless museum, it’s tiny but packed with old radio equipment, games and gimmicks, including a game of the original Pong which we played and should you ever find yourself in the area, part willingly with the 3 pound entry fee and treat yourself to some old radio nostalgia (see photos!).

    Then off to the actual Orkney Museum to take a look at the exhibition they had about the scuttling of the German Fleet at the end of the First World War. 52 ships were scuttled in Scapa Flow (the area of water almost completely surrounded by the Orkney Islands) by the German Navy commander after they were forced to surrender and sent to the Orkneys where they could be kept secure and boxed in.

    There is also the remnants of an Earls’ Palace, a really large non-denominational cathedral, some lovely shops in a pedestrian area and about 6 pubs!

    We had lunch (and a pint of Orkney Gold for me) at the largest of the Hotels - the Kirkwall, my lunch included a haggis filling which was very tasty.

    The islanders consider themselves to be as much Norwegian as they are Scottish, although that said we were farewelled by the local highland dance troupe!

    Trivia Update - our team was reduced to 6 tonight but still managed second place and we were well happy with that.

    Photos - Highland Dancers waving us goodbye; the Kirkwall Hotel; the Wireless Museum; Pong!; Downtown (me in foreground again), Earls’ Palace (i am again in the way); the Bishop’s Palace; St Magnus Cathedral
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    giovanni ngaiorae

    doesn't get more classic then that

    Karen Hutchins

    Thanks for the interesting travel log and photos, trust the Nautica has again meet expectations and no children on board!

  • Day8

    Kleiner Einblick ins Schiff

    July 4, 2019, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Heute haben wir einen Seetag. Ging schon mit ordentlich Seegang los so dass im Schiff überall Spucktüten verteilt wurden. Ich persönlich finde das gewackel ja eher lustig 😅 damit bin aber eher alleine 🙈😅Read more


    Welches Schiff ist das überhaupt?


    MSC Orchestra

  • Day48


    June 28, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Es gibt ja wirklich viele Schlösser im Vereinigten Königreich, aber viele sind auch nur noch Ruinen.
    Dafür habe ich einen Markt für Handwerkskunst, meist aus Tweet in einer wirklichen schicken Halle gefunden.
    Kirkwall, ein weiterer Ort man wohl nur einmal Leben hinfährt.
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    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Tja, wenn man auch den wichtigsten Ort auf der Insel nicht besichtigt, Stichwort: Highland Park ;-)

    Kreuzfahrt Abenteuer

    Hast ja Recht, aber als Crew ist die Zeit zu knapp.

    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Als Crew darf man vermutlich auch nicht so viel Whisky trinken zwischendurch, oder? ;-)

    Kreuzfahrt Abenteuer

    Naja, man darf sich halt nicht erwischen lassen. Gestern gab es eine Whisky Verkostung an Bord. Da ist man schon von dem Whiskey Nebel in der Bar beduselt gewesen.

  • Day126

    Day 126: Orkney

    June 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Extra long day today! Our alarms went off at 6am and we were out the door by 6:30, heading back into Inverness and the bus station. Today was the day for visiting the Orkneys, a small group of islands just off the northern tip of Scotland. We'd debated driving up ourselves, but just getting to the ferry location at John O'Groats was a 200-mile round trip, not to mention the difficulty of getting around once on the island. So we decided on a bus trip.

    The bus left fairly promptly at 7:15am and wound its way up the north-eastern coast of Scotland. Plenty to look at, with small villages, rugged coastline, forests and little mountains all making an appearance. Finally we arrived at John O'Groats just after 10am, leaving us a little bit of time to grab a coffee, have a pee and then take a photo with the sign. In popular opinion John O'Groats is the northern tip of the mainland, but it's actually not! Dunnett Head a little further west is more northerly, but it's basically the most distant point of the mainland from Land's End in Cornwall. I'm not sure why that's so important, but there you go! Definitely much less touristy than Land's End, that's for sure!

    The ferry over took about 40 minutes and was fairly smooth, and we were soon on a pair of coaches for our journey around the island. The mainland of Orkney is surprisingly large - at least an hour's drive from end to end, and has a (increasing) population of approx 25,000. Also very little unemployment too which is unusual for distant rural spots like this.

    Anyway, our coach drove us around most of the sights here. First up was the Churchill Barriers, a series of causeways blocking the entrance to the huge harbour. During WWI and WWII much of the British Atlantic fleet was based here in Scapa Flow, and although it was closed off from two directions (and a third for the entrance), the fourth was basically a series of small inlets. During WWI they blocked these off with scuttled cargo ships, and later during WW2 they upgraded to actual causeways after a submarine got through.

    Next the bus dropped us in the main town of Kirkwall, where most people went souvenir shopping. We weren't super interested, so grabbed a pie for lunch and wandered around the local museum. Fairly interesting, as Norway (through the Vikings) has quite a lot of historical influence here, and it was cool to see how that has shaped a unique local culture.

    Back on the bus where we headed to the main reason for coming to Orkney: a UNESCO world heritage site! It's the prehistoric village of Skara Brae; dating back to around 3500 BC. Older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge! And still remarkably well-preserved, you can see where each of the stone houses had things like furniture, beds, entrances, the hearth and so on. It was occupied for about 600 years before being abandoned, and likely buried by the sand soon afterwards. It was only uncovered in 1850 after a massive storm blew a huge chunk of the sand away (it's right on the beach).

    Did a bunch of filming as we had a bit of free time, though the wind played absolute havoc with our pieces to camera unfortunately.

    Back on the bus where we visited the other half of the UNESCO site - the Ring of Broda. This is another large stone circle like Stonehenge and Avebury, more like the latter than the former. About 100m in diameter, it originally had 60 stones though only 27 of them remain. Interestingly, the stones are have slightly different composition, meaning that they're from different parts of the island. Maybe a meeting place for pacts and important ceremonies? We don't know! It wasn't a burial ground though, no remains have been found there.

    On the bus again where we drove tantalisingly close past the other two bits of the world heritage site: the Stones of Stenness and the burial mound of Maeshowe. Wish we could've stopped but alas - the drawback of a coach tour. Also that whenever you arrive somewhere, 100 other people arrive at the same time!

    Last stop for the day was the Italian Chapel - a shrine built inside a WW2 aircraft hanger by Italian POWs. Apparently the carvings inside are very beautiful, but it was five pounds to enter and we decided not to. Also the bus was running a bit late for the ferry back by now, so it felt a bit rushed.

    Made it back to the ferry where we boarded and made the 40 minute journey back to John O'Groats. Very rough passage this time with probably a 3-4 metre swell. Onto the other bus where we drove back to Inverness over the next 3 hours, thankfully we'd ordered a sandwich each for dinner! Arrived back at 9pm, very exhausted but satisfied. Quick stop at Nandos for some chips as a late supper, then home where Schnitzel was happy to see us after being looked after by our Airbnb host (who'll be very sad to see him go!).

    Overall we had a great trip and really enjoyed it. Orkney wasn't at all like we expected - very green but treeless (the wind just blows them right over). Our coach driver was funny and informative, and it was nice to have someone else doing the driving and navigating for a change!

    Back south tomorrow to the Isle of Skye, after an amusing coincidence that we went the furthest north you can get in the UK on the longest day of the year! Apparently on Orkney they have a midnight golf tournament tonight, since you can basically play all night (it's still twilight well after midnight, and sunrise is around 4am with a couple of hours twilight before that).
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    Joel Baldwin

    John O'Groats sign

    Joel Baldwin

    On the ferry

    Joel Baldwin

    Prehistoric rock houses

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  • Day10

    Standing stones of Stenness

    September 15, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Possibly the oldest standing stones in Britain, some of them aren’t there anymore because the farmer who owned the land got annoyed that people would walk on his property to see them that he started knocking them down.

    Even in the 18th century the site was still associated with traditions and rituals, by then relating to Norse gods. Other antiquarians documented the stones and recorded local traditions and beliefs about them. One stone, known as the "Odin Stone" which stood in the field to the north of the henge, was pierced with a circular hole, and was used by local couples for plighting engagements by holding hands through the gap. It was also associated with other ceremonies and believed to have magical power. There was a reported tradition of making all kinds of oaths or promises with one's hand in the Odin Stone; this was known as taking the "Vow of Odin".
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  • Day4

    Kirkwall - Ankunft

    May 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Wir haben die Orkneyinseln erreicht und in Kirkwall angelegt. Der Himmel ist bewölkt und die Temperatur liegt bei 9°C. Kirkwall ist der Orkney-Hauptort. Uns erwarten eine atemberaubende Landschaft, mittelalterliche Ruinen, Zeugnisse der Steinzeit und vieles mehr. Nach der Identitätskontrolle fahren wir mit dem Shuttle ins Stadtzentrum. Vom Liegeplatz sind es ca. 2 km bis dahin. Wir kaufen ein Ticket für den Stage Coach und gehen auf Fahrt über die Insel.Read more

  • Day4

    Kirkwall - Ring of Brodgar

    May 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Die Fahrt geht weiter zu einem Steinkreis. Wir kennen schon Stonehenge, aber der Ring of Brodgar ist größer, der drittgrößte in Großbritannien. Ursprünglich bestand er aus 60 Steinen, heute sind nur 27 erhalten. Sein Durchmesser beträgt 104 Meter.Read more

  • Day4

    Kirkwall - Stadtbummel

    May 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Zurück in Kirkwall wollen wir noch etwas von der Stadt sehen, die 1046 erstmals erwähnt wurde. Die Stadt hat nur 8500 Einwohner, aber neben dem britischen Charme auch einige interessante Gebäude. Inzwischen haben wir herrliches Wetter und so ist der Spaziergang umso schöner. Wir bummeln durch die Albert Street, bestaunen St. Magnus Cathedral und die Ruinen des Earl 's und Bishop's Palace. Auf den Orkneyinseln gibt es kaum Bäume. Früher standen sie manchmal in Innenhöfen. Beim Verkauf eines solchen Gebäudes bestand der Besitzer darauf, dass auch bei baulichen Veränderungen der Baum erhalten bleibt. So steht er noch heute und jetzt mitten in der Albert Street.Read more

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Orkney Islands, Orkney, ORK, Inizi Orc'h, Illes Òrcades, Orkneje, Orkadoj, Orcadas, Orkney saared, Orkneysaaret, Orcades, Arcaibh, Órcadas, Orkneyski otoci, Orkney-szigetek, Orkneyjar, Isole Orcadi, オークニー諸島, 오크니 제도, Orknio salos, Orkney-eilanden, Orknøyane, Orknøyene, Orkady, Órcades, Оркнейские острова, Orkneyöarna, Orkney Adaları, Оркнейські острови