Photo: August 10, 2011
The Orkneys are a special place. It is amazing how much local produce there is from lamb to beef to fish and seafood. And of course, there is a local distillery (Highland Park) and local beer. As in much of Scotland, houses are built of stone and in Stromness, even the streets in the centre of town are paved with flagstones.
The history from the prehistoric sites to the Orkney connection with the Hudson's Bay Company was fascinating. The landscape is both pastoral and wild. There is a haunting feel about the Orkneys with the standing stones bearing witness to thousands of years of human habitation there. And what has changed? People still farm and fish and find ways to enjoy the long winter darkness and the summer light.
The Orkneys are full of stories and storytellers, crafts people and other creative folk. I may be drawn back there again some day.
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