Orkney today folks! After a 30 minute flight that felt like a roller coaster, I landed in Kirkwall. My Airbnb host and 3 other guests were given a whirlwind tour of some archaeological sites for the afternoon.
1-3: Stones of Stenness. Oldest standing stones in Europe at 5000 years old. There are only 4 now, but there were 12. The farmer who owned the land in the late 1800s was sick of tourists on his land and started blowing up the stones! Awful, but also hilarious.
4-5: Stones of Bogdar. 4500 years old. Huge moat dug around the outside and would have been filled with water.
6-8: Brough of Birsay. Vikings settled on the island, and you can walk out when the tide is low, as you can see. Though the winds were so crazy we didn't temp fate.
9-10: Skara Brae. 5000 year old neolithic village. It was found by Laird Skaill when the wind eroded the tops of the stone walls on his property. He then dug up the rest.
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