Hi friends! I hope this day finds you warm and happy!
Everyone knows that I’m a sun-lover but I also like places that are hidden gems. One such place is the Orkney Islands just off the northern coast of Scotland. This archipelago of seventy islands is just 16 km (10 miles) from the northern coast but when you step foot on the island it seems like you are in a different age!
Stone Age Menhirs
While there are fabulous sites all over Mainland, including World War I wrecks that can be dived at Scapa Flow, what interests me most are the Stone Age ruins and artefacts from prehistory that seem to lie everywhere on this mysterious island.
5,000 year old Skara Brae
There were covered pathways that connected the different dwellings and all were located conveniently close to the beach where the locals undoubtedly moored their boats.
Perhaps the most exciting site is the recently discovered temple complex at the Ness of Brodgar. First uncovered in the backyard of a small house in 2014, the large archaeological site is still being actively excavated each summer season. So far, more than fourteen main structures have been unearthed and more temples and beautiful artefacts are uncovered each digging season. On a visit to Orkney, you are liable to be present when a great new discovery is unearthed!
Car ferry on its way to Mainland
I prefer to drive from Glasgow because of the stunning views of the highlands as the route winds through the Great Glen. If you have time, you can stop in Oban or Inverness overnight to experience true Scottish hospitality and maybe sample their award-winning whiskeys.
Award winning Scottish whiskey
Despite their remoteness, connectivity is good for both mobile phones and the internet.
Additionally, the Orkney Islands were voted the happiest and nicest place to live in the entire United Kingdom in 2018. I’m betting that it was even comfortable during the remote past. There must have been whiskey on the island in the ancient past because they didn’t call it ‘The Stone Age’ for nothing! LoL!
If you visit the Orkneys, you will learn why it is so special. It is one of the coolest and most relaxed places on the earth!