Around on the opposite side of the Shetlands we anchored off the incredible Broch of Mousa. A broch is a circular fort from the Iron Age, built entirely of drystone construction. It is thought that they served as a safe retreat when under attack. Most were apparently built during the 1st century AD or BC.
Monday, February 27, 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023
After our visit to those stunning Neolithic sites on Orkney we continued sailing northwards to Shetland, stopping first at the small island of Foula, said to be the most remote populated island in Britain, with less than 30 people. And a tenuous link to the main islands because of challenging weather that routinely delays both flights and ferries, sometimes for weeks.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
On Mainland, the largest island of Orkney, lies a spectacular group of Neolithic sites now designated as a World Heritage Site, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. It includes the best preserved Neolithic settlement in western Europe, Skara Brae, two significant stone circles, the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness, and an enormous burial mound, Maeshowe, as well as other smaller sites. .
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Today was our oldest son's birthday, 45 years ago. William was an adventurous kid who successfully pursued his dream to become a water bomber pilot. Every year we stop and remember on his birthday. This is my favourite photo of him.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Sunday, February 19, 2023
St. Kilda is not alone out in the North Atlantic, it is the main island in a small archipelago including several other smaller islands and large sea stacks, which together form one of the most important seabird colonies in the north Atlantic. In fact it is the archipelago that is known by the name St. Kilda; the main island with the only former settlement is Hirta.
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Leaving Barra we headed out into the North Atlantic, looking for the tiny now uninhabited Isle of St. Kilda. This was our most memorable stop on the entire cruise, and this our most memorable photograph. St. Kilda has been occupied for thousands of years, though often inaccessible for 6 long winter months. But the population dwindled to 36 and finally those remaining islanders voted to be evacuated in 1930.