Monday morning and we decided to explore locally. After a trip down the road to Birsay Antique Centre, a veritable treasure trove of sensibly priced antiques (Beloved came out with an armload of goodies for very little money) we headed into Birsay itself to visit St Magnus Church
And then crossed the road to explore Earl’s palace, both sites we had intended to visit on our previous visit to the islands so not to be missed whilst they were right on the doorstep.
After popping back to the cottage for lunch we determined to take a leisurely stroll along to Skiba Geo
Geo is the Orcadian word for an inlet usually from the sea.nand in fact we planned to walk past the Geo itself to the far headland you can see in the picture, for reasons that will become clear.
First stop then was the Geo, if you look carefully you can see the fishermans shelter built into the side of the slope. The depressions around are where the fishing boats would be dragged up and berthed during stormy weather
Walking along to the headland this landmark, not and eagle perched on a branch but a whale jawbone perched atop a whale rib bone
after the long walk back we paused on the way out to picture this lonesome hut. If it looks familiar it is because it featured in an episode of Top Gear, as the final destination of a race between James and Richard in a Porsche Panamera race the Post office to deliver a letter
Oh, and we saw some seals