We have been looking forward to visiting the Orkneys since our very first trip to Scotland.
It’s a matter of balancing money, time, and the distance to drive away up to the tippy-top of the Highlands, the furthest North of the whole of mainland Great Britain: John O’Groats.
The ferry wasn’t that large, and the trek wasn’t that far.
To be honest, there were two places in particular we wanted to hit: the stone age settlement of Skara Brae (uncovered unexpectedly during a storm) and the Ring of Brodgar (or the Standing Stones of Stenness.)
Well, and try the two Orkney scotches: the Highland Park, and the Scapa.
We hit it all.
Second post will cover Skara Brae, and third post will have pictures of the Ring of Brodgar.