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Orkney is an island group off the north coast of Scotland. An hour long ferry trip from Gills Bay or John o'Groats.

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(Provided by the Orcadian Newspaper).


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Arriving at Stromness pier we take a walk down Victoria Street to The Pier Arts Centre, then onwards to Alfred Street and the Stromness Museum. Further along from here we find Logins Well. We then head out of town on the A965 towards Kirkwall where we arrive at the Tormiston Mill. From here we can also visit Maes Howe and after this we head back a short way towards Stromness so that we can turn right, taking the B9055, and move on to The Ring of Brodgar. We keep on this road and move further on coming to Skara Brae and Skaill House where the Visitors' Centre is well appointed and includes a cafe facility. We now head off towards Birsay passing on the way the Barony Mills, a working mill. Continuing on to Earl's Palace, St Magus' Church and the Brough of Birsay. We now continue on around the Mainland to Tingwall pier where we can take the Ferry Eynhallow to the island of Rousay, known as the "Egypt of the North". Where the ferry arrives there is Heritage Centre, which is free, and contains a wealth of information. Rousay also has one of the best preserved ancient sites in Scotland - Midhowe, which lies along a path of cairns and brochs. There is also the Westness Brooch, found in 1963 in the grave of a Viking woman at Westness. Whilst here you can take the Westness Walk which is approximately 1 mile long, taking in a variety of archaeologic and historic features. In June there is the Rousay Regatta which is a fun day for all, ending with a dance in the local hall in the evening. We now return to the pier passing on the way Trumland House, now undergoing refurbishment. At the pier we take the ferry to Wyre which is steeped in legend and history and was once the home of Cubbie Roo's Castle, built around 1150. There is also the small island of Egilsay, dominated by St Magnus' Church, one of the only two remaining examples of the distinctive round towered churches built by the Vikings. It is possible to visit all three islands and return to the Mainland in a single day.

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