I’ve slipped slightly out of sequence here, reporting on a Wednesday what we did on a Tuesday but never mind.

Tuesday it was, and we paid a return visit to the Ring of Brodgar

Still Standing

On a bright sunny day they do not have the mystique of the moody weather last time, but are still magnificent, and we were lucky to see them before they disappeared in a see of hi-viz vests as workmen set to work installing rope barriers to protect the walk ways and surrounding areas

but the improved weather meant we had the inclination to stay in the area and visit the Stones of Stenness that are probably an extension of the Ring

Anyone home?

and to visit Barnhouse Village, the archaeological remains of a Neolithic settlement, One wonders what else remains to be discovered on these sites and around.

Not a hobbit hole

Just a short drive away is Unstan Cairn. This is a covered chambered cairn similar to the more publicised Maes How. It is a little difficult to find, you have to watch carefully for the road signs and drive past the house whose land it sits in, but it is well worth the effort

Definitely no hobbits here

It is a much more intimate and atmospheric space than Maes How, and I much prefer it for that. In the same way that I much preferred Barnhouse village to Skara Brae. I find them much more a historical artefact than just a tourist attraction if that makes any sense.

A strange looking seal

oh, and we saw a seal swan


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