Hobbister, Stenness, Brodgar, and Waulkmill Bay

Night No.30/2018 staying in my caravan. This is my third night at Pickaquoy Caravan Site in Kirkwall, Orkney.

Got up at 0600 and took the dogs around the park opposite the site. It has what's known as the 'Peerie Sea', which is across the road from the harbour.

After some breakfast, left the site around 0900 and headed west towards Waulkmill Bay. Beautiful bay, but the tide was in.

I'd passed a sign for RSPB Hobbister about 1/2 mile back on the road so headed there and walked an excellent circular walk. Didn't see many birds (!), but got some great views of Scapa Flow.

From here, we headed up past Nisthouse towards Finstown. On the way here spotted some interesting stones on a hill across the glen.

Headed down into Finstown, a lovely little village, found the road near the hill and headed up on foot to have a better look. They are actually stacks of flat stones. Interesting, there on the 'St Magnus Way' long distance walk.

Finstown from the hill.

From Finstown, headed west to visit the really impressive Stones of Stenness. It's in a fenced enclosure, but dogs are welcome on leads.

Next to the stones are the recently (1984) discovered Barnhouse Village which apparently is very much like the discovery at Skara Brae.

This narrow stretch which cuts through the Loch of Stenness is a mecca of archaeological interest. 5 mins up the road are the impressive Ring of Brodgar.

Back to the car for a bagel, then we headed southwest towards Houton. Stopped at Scorrodale for some great views of Hoy and Stromness in the distance.

And to the south east, nice views over Scapa Flow.

On the return journey (it was a circular coastal route), we stopped at Waulkmill. This time the tide was out. What a place! Pristine and huge flat sands.

The conditions were lovely.

What a great little road trip.

In the afternoon, took a walk around the harbour. It's a busy place.


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