Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Orkney Part 2 - (Peedie Bits)

Well almost autumn now, there is a definite nip in the air morning and evening and the nights are beginning to close in. I'm consoling myself with memories of my week in Orkney and thought I'd share a few of them with you.

In Kirkwall...

Britain’s most northerly Cathedral

St Magnus Cathedral known as the 'Light in the North' was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus.

The Earl's Palace

Built by Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney, one of the most tyrannical noblemen in Scottish history using forced labour to quarry and ship in the stone. 

The earlier Bishop's Palace.

 Both a little less than palatial now!

In Stromness where we stayed... boats in the harbour.

 At the Brough of Birsay an uninhabited tidal island off the north west coast of The Mainland of Orkney...

Flic exploring the remains of a Norse settlement.

Flic and her granddad exploring scarily high clifftops.

I hate heights and wouldn't go within 100 yards of the edge of the cliffs, just watching from a distance gave me the jitters!

And elsewhere in Orkney ...

One of the houses at Skara Brae.

Skara Brae is the best preserved group of prehistoric houses in Western Europe.

Uncovered by a storm in 1850, it is older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids and provides a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago. 

The Ring of Brodgar.

The stone ring was built in a true circle, almost 104 metres wide. Although it is thought to have originally contained 60 megaliths, today, only 27 stones remain.

In Orkney "peedie" means "small" or "little" and I've only shown you a fraction of the places we visited, to be honest we visited far to many places to mention, hence the "peedie bits" in the title of this post. My memories of our holiday though will stay with me for a long time and are sure to cheer me up as the days grow shorter.

Linda xxx


  1. Thanks for sharing. My OH lived in Orkney for a while and he often talks about it with fondness. My friend lives there now and blogs all about her life there in The Wind and the Wellies, she is a botanist amongst many other things and her blog is lovely. It is nice to see Orkney through a visitors eye too as you see things differently. Gorgeous photos, I must get there one day.

  2. It looks like you had an great time. Can't believe how Autumnal its already starting to feel. Even the days seems to have jumped a little shorter. Grrr! Jx

  3. Orkney is such a magical place. Your photos brought back some lovely memories of a wonderful family holiday many years ago.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Eeek! Those cliffs made my toes curl with fear then! How gorgeous Orkney is, I love that aged stone. x

  5. I am desperate to go to Skara Brae! Even more so now that I've seen your wonderful holiday photos. Gahhhh, I want to go gallivanting around the country now. It'll have to wait till next year.


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