Europe | United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain | Scotland | Western Isles, Orkney Islands And Shetland Islands | Orkney Islands – Day 9 – Stromness
A compete write off as far as sight seeing goes… arrived at the ferry terminal all prepared for my 9.5 hour walk around the archealogical sites on Eday when I was informed that the walk was closed due to the recent foot and mouth outbreak! oh no! Even though the disease didn’t make it this far up (in fact there were only two cases in Scotland and they were both near the border with england) a lot of orcadian councils and farmers are being very pretective of their remote islands. So… another change of plan!
I spent another hour or so on the computers… typing, typing, typing! Then I wandered aropund Kirkwall, taking a look at St Magnus’ Cathedral. Fairly small for a cathedral it was built over 800 years ago in red sandstone. It has a great new stained glass window fitted in 1987 and heaps of interesting tombstones, most featuring skeletons or skull and crossbones. I also visit Scottish National Heritage and the Tourist Board for information on their policies on Eco Tourism and Sustainable Travel… hope to add the info later as most of it will be sent to me later. I headed back over to Stromness in the afternoon when the weather had brighteded a little… camped by the water in an official campsite on the Point of Ness. Interestingly enough, this point was built in 1893 to meet the demand for shore facilities during the herring boom.