|Atlantic waves wash the shore beside Skara Brae|
|Hearth and internal fittings at the Broch of Gurness|
|Standing Stones of Stenness|
|Ring of Brodgar looking towards Stenness|
|Maeshowe chambered cairn|
|Skara Brae Neolithic housing|
Looking at the construction style of the Brochs and Skara Brae I noticed something familiar. The many layers of flat stones in the buildings of Highland Park Distillery echo those buildings of antiquity. Broken seams of rock are plentiful around Orkney, Old Red Sandstone being the dominant geology of the islands and easily cut into flagstones. These flat and wide stones are ideal for strength against the wind and the thick walls from this style of construction also offer insulation.
|Orkney building material for generations, shaped by nature and by hand|
|Brough of Birsay|
|Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm|
|Churchill Barrier car wash|
I found a hostel room in nearby Thurso and the next morning, before visiting Pulteney Distillery, I drove up to the most northerly point of mainland Britain, Dunnet Head, for no other reason than to say I had been there. It’s a lovely drive though and there are some dramatic sea cliffs at the end of the road, the southern tip of Orkney just visible across the waves. Due to time constraints (I had slept in) I didn’t make it to John O’ Groats for now I had to press on with a trip down the far northeast coast of Caithness and Sutherland.