I was lucky enough to be able to travel to the Orkney Islands in relatively good weather over Easter. Except for mountainous Hoy in the South, the interiors of the islands are largely farmed but the coastline is extremely diverse and a delight to explore.
One of the highlights was a day trip to Hoy, where I walked from the ferry terminal across moorland to the southern coast in the hope of reaching a tall sea stack, the ‘Old Man of Hoy’. The beauty of the day was in the fog, which in turn hid and highlighted features of the landscape; the scenery had become a movie directed by Nature. Below, a drawing of the ‘Old Man’ (I had to catch the ferry back), and neighbouring cliffs unveiled.
What also fascinated me on this walk were the moorland hills, sharply contrasting with the wide, low-lying pastures I had cycled past so far.
Of course, Orkneys are also famous for their fascinating Neolithic and Bronze Age sites, which I will look at here.