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Scotland Slowly 2019, Day ???

Orkney


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Greetings from the Shetland Islands!

It’s 10:30 am local time and Joe and I just returned from our first hike of the day on Mousa, where we learned about the Mousa Broch, Scotland’s most impressive Iron Age tower. Mousa is a small island with a lot of birds and sheep. I’ll admit that I’ve grown a bit weary of the crazed bird enthusiasts, especially at such an early hour (the Wake Up Call was at a very uncivilized 0600!), and dodging sheep poop, which is everywhere:
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It’s been a very busy couple of days and we await word on what we are doing this afternoon and tomorrow, since Mousa was scheduled to be tomorrow’s stop. Today’s stops, Foula and Papa Stour (also part of the Shetland Islands) were scrapped because of wind and sea conditions.

We’ve been incredibly lucky with the weather. Today, the water is decidedly more active, and there was a bit of mist when we began our hike around 7:15, but it looks like another lovely day in Scotland.

The time we spent in and around Orkney yesterday was beautiful, once the early fog lifted. We visited another stone circle and the town of Stromness. We had free time in Kirkwall in the afternoon. Joe and I visited St. Magnus Cathedral and then wondered around the town, visiting the Highland Park shop, the local history museum, a café and a gin distillery:
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Last night, we had a lovely dinner with two people we’ve been spending a bit of time with while on this cruise, a man named Jonathan who is traveling with his mother. We discovered that Jonathan is Harvard class of 1988 and a government major, so knew quite of few of the faculty that Joe knew. His mother is Radcliffe class of 1957 or 58 (I can’t remember). Jonathan, Joe and I spent some post-dinner time in the Meridian club enjoying a bottle of whisky that Jonathan had picked up in Kirkwall. Thanks, Jonathan!

Slainte!

Here are a few photos from our visit to Orkney yesterday:
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Posted by ORWAT 02:49

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