Scotland Adventure Day 4- Highland Park Distillery, Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar, Earl’s Palace Birsay, Brough of Birsay, Skara Brae, Skaill House, Broch of Gurness, Orkney

This entire day was spent exploring Orkney- specifically the Mainland.

What better way to start than to have a tour of Highland Park Whiskey Distillery at 9:30am ;)

The sales room-

Lots and lots of barley

Fancy submarine!! … or part of the distilling process…

Barrels- this whole part of the process was far more complicated than I had assumed- aging and drying and cherry ….

Me and my smokey whiskey. It was nice… but still don’t think whiskey drinking is in my future. A little too strong for this palate. But I did learn that you never, ever, ever put ice into whiskey and that it should be served at room temperature only ever adding a bit of room temperature water to it. Intriguing.

These are some of the Standing Stones of Stenness. This is a world heritage site and Neolithic monument. There are many similar stones dotted around Orkney.

This is on the way to the Ring of Brodgar -a Neolithic henge and stone circle- in my opinion even more impressive than Stonehenge.

So, so, soooo cool :O

It was really hard to get a photo of the whole thing, but I surely tried.

That’s Mark, Adrian, Kirsten, Deb, Ashlee and Deborah

The above + Greg :D

This is the Earl’s Palace, Birsay a ruined 16th Century castle built by the Earl of Orkney who was an illegitimate son of King James V.

This is the tidal causeway that leads to the Brough of Birsay which is thought to have remains of settlements dating back to the 5th Century.

On the walk across…

Norse settlement…

Lighthouse!

I watched this water lapping against the rocks while I ate my lunch. Unreal.

This is at Skara Brae Europe’s most complete Neolithic village that is believed to have been occupied from 3180-2500 B.C.- serious business. Older than Christ, Stonehenge, the Pyramids…

And this is the Skaill House Orkney’s “finest mansion”.

One day I will have one of these…

This is the Broch of Gurness an Iron Age village.

The most incredible part about this trip is how close you’re able to get to these ruins…

And here’s our group for the first 5 days –
Back row: Greg, Emma, Mike, Kerstin, Mark, Ben, Adrian, Anita and Me
Front row: Claudette, Koh Youngjie, Lyn, Deb, Ashlee, Deborah, Els

And there we have it! Day 4 :D

K

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  1. Arthur Says:

    WOW. incredible landscapes and structures!!!!

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