Saturday, 17 August – Coach tour to Scapa Flow, Skara Brae and Skraill House

After arriving at Stromness, we stopped in at our hotel, the Merkister, where they recommended going to the Kirkwell Visitors Center to see about tours and tickets for some of the places we wanted to see. We arrived just in time to catch a coach (bus) tour of many of the top points across the Main Island.

The first stop was a viewpoint for Scapa Flow, which is the strait that goes between the Orkney Islands. During both World Wars, the Orkneys were a major sea base and a site for many wrecks. Some are still visible at or below sea level.

Lighthouse on Graemsay, near the Western End of Scapa Flow:

Then we stopped at Stromness for lunch and shopping. Ralph and I ate at the Ferry Inn (delicious food). When we left, we saw a gentleman in full formal Scottish dress on his way to a wedding. He was kind enough to allow us to take his photo:

From there, the coach tour went to Skara Brae where the first place is a reconstructed dwelling:

The view from the approach to the ancient community:

A seal just out from the village:

The excavated village:

At the same location is Skraill House:

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