In those days Orkney belonged to Norway, not Scotland, and the Earls of Orkney, with their bloodthirsty Viking heritage, killed each other off regularly. Rognvald's uncle, King Magnus,
a very peaceful man who later became a saint, had been traitorously murdered in 1117, and Rognvald became king vowing to build a great church in honour of his uncle,
Kirkwall in Orkney is a fascinating place, with a harbour still devoted to fishing. When we were there lobster pots and marker buoys decorated the docks. Our ship is in the background.
Orkney is often referred to mistakenly (even by myself) as 'the Orkneys'. It is an archipelago of about 70 islands off the northeast corner of Scotland in the North Sea. Confusingly to visitors, the largest island with the capital, Kirkwall, is called 'Mainland'. Tomorrow the stunning Neolithic sites on the island.