Featured Orkney Trip

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  1. Bikerman

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    #1 Bikerman, Aug 24, 2021
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    Well I got back last night from my 5 night stay in Orkney. The weather was about 60/40 in favour of good verses bad.
    The trip over on the ferry was really smooth, they don't take any chances with the bikes falling over, my bike was well tied down, and I think it would have survived a tsunami. I went from Gills Bay to St Margret's Hope, a journey time of an hour. I went with this company https://pentlandferries.co.uk/
    I stayed at the Ayre of Cara, https://www.ayreofcara.co.uk/ and I couldn't fault it, they're both ex motorcyclists. At £50 a night with a massive breakfast that lasted me all day, I was well happy.
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    This was the view from my bedroom window
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    The first full day on Orkney I started to do an inner route around Orkney, taking in the the Ring of Brodgar, and the Standing Stones of Stenness and also paying a visit to the village named Twatt. Then making my way to Mulls Head, I spent about 2 and a half hours there
    On the way back to the B&B I called in on the Italian Chapel. It's an amazing little chapel, and well worth a visit if you're up that way. Just as I turned up a coach load of people turned up too, so all I did was waited until they all departed, and I had the place to myself. DSC06953.JPG DSC06954.JPG DSC06955.JPG DSC06958.JPG DSC06968.JPG DSC06969.JPG DSC06971.JPG
    One of the Locals
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    A short walk along to coastline to Mulls Head
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    Next stop the Italian chapel
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    My second day consisted of a ferry to Hoy with this company http://www.orkneyferries.co.uk/
    they too, tied down the bike even though it was an inter Island ferry, but I wasn't complaining.
    Well after a short ride I payed a visit to the Royal Navy cemetery at Lyness.
    I then took a 30 minute ride through some rather barren landscape to the parking area, where the trial to the Old man of Hoy begins. Then it hit me, I saw the sign that said 3 miles to the Old man, bloody hell, a 6 mile walk there and back. Oh well I was there now and I wasn't about to turn around and not go, especially as the return ferry wasn't until 16.45.
    Fortunately, the weather was a little overcast and not boiling hot. Well after about 1hr and 20 mins, I arrived at the the Old man, and it was worth the walk. Sadly there's no Ice cream van at the top, if there was it would have to be airlifted in. It's a rough old track to the Old man, and doing it in motorbike boots maybe wasn't the best idea I'd had. Well I spent about 20 mins taking pictures and video's, and then it was time to return so I didn't miss the ferry. Well by the time I got back to the bike, I felt like the Old Man Of Lincolnshire.
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    There was a mushroom growing. Not some disrespectful pillock dropping litter.

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    Views along the way to the Old Man
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    The route
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    I was still 25 mins away form the next picture.
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    25 mins later and I'd made it
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    #5 Bikerman, Aug 24, 2021
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    These two must have had an argument
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    Not a bad spot for a picnic.
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    Day three was to be my ride around the outside of the Island, and taking pictures of the Churchill barriers and other things along the way. As I was riding past Skara Brae I tried to book up for but it was fully booked, so I continued along my trip around the outside of the Island, coming to a monument to Kitchener. A short walk this time revealed some fantastic scenery. By the time I got back to Kirkwall I thought I'd try the Fish and Chips that everyone said was the best on Orkney, they weren't kidding, it was really tasty and the batter was really crispy too.
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    This speaks for itself
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    This is the memorial gardens to HMS Royal Oak
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    This is the plaque that is on the outside of the wood cabin
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    Inside the cabin
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    This green buoy, marks the exact point where HMS Royal Oak lays to this day. This picture is on maximum zoom on my camera, you can't see the buoy with the naked eye, well I couldn't anyway
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    Continuing my day 3 run around Orkney. This was just past Stromness
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    An old battery
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    Annoyingly this was closed
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    Kitchener Memorial was next
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    The view of the cliffs where the monument is.
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    All say arrrrrr
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    The stretch of water below is where the German submarine passed on the way to sink HMS Royal Oak
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    The sun was out, and this picture looked a good one to take
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    The bike did 1462 miles all told. Petrol on Orkney is £1.42 a ltr.
    I'm glad I went, in spite of some crappy weather the trip was a great one for me. I would recommend that if you're stuck with somewhere to go, give it a thought. I think you'd enjoy it if you're in to WW 1and 2 history.
     
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    Great write up and pictures, looks like you had an interesting trip. :) Did you have time to visit Scara Brae & Maes Howe?
     
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    Excellent.

    Not sure if it would be the cold and wind or walking around those memorials that would be setting my bottom lip off.
     
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    #14 Bikerman, Aug 24, 2021
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    Fully booked, I did try but unfortunately because so many people had visited the islands. I was on a hiding to nothing. @dougieD Forgot to say that according to this chap I spoke to at Scara Brae, Maes Howe was still closed to the public. I hope he wasn't telling me porkies :confused:
     
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    I think maes howe has just recently reopened,they wern't keen on cramming folk into the small space due to covid, shame Scara Brae was too busy..excuse to revisit at some point!
     
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    Thank you for sharing your highlights with us!
     
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    Looks a great tour @Bikerman, and the weather looked up to scratch too. The birds who have fallen out are Fulmars, a relative of the albatross, and should count themselves lucky they're on the Orkneys. On the Faroes they're quite a delicacy and get a clobbering from the locals :(
     
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    Great write-up and pictures, many of them familiar images.
    What a pity Skara Brae was fully booked - I'm confident you would've enjoyed that, very interesting.
     
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    Me too, but with hindsight I should have booked it up when you mentioned it a few months back. The price I paid for not acting sooner on your advise :sob:
     
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    I knew that you'd know what type of birds they were. I remembered your, and your boys excellent pictures a while back.
     
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