Aaahh, sunshine again. Much better, And we have smoked salmon and oatcakes for breakfast. This however attracts some unwanted attention from the locals…
The plan for this morning is to leave out stuff at the hostel and cycle down to the Southern tip of South Ronaldsay and visit the Tomb of the Eagles. My shoes are still soaking: luckily I can go for the fashionable socks + sandals look while they dry off.
Despite yesterday, I think overall (touchwood) we have been really lucky with the weather. Perfect weather again, and without the bags on the back of the bikes, cycling is a lot more relaxing. We’re in no rush and enjoy the ride south.
No photographs from the Tomb of the Eagles but it was an interesting visit, and the talks were good too.
We stopped in at the nearby cafe for some coffee and ice-cream before heading back north.
After ice cream, we cycled back up the St Margaret’s Hope, had a quick lunch, and then went over to Hoxa head to have a look at what was left of the old WW2 batteries.
We spent a while relaxing by the cliffs and shared a beer. Then headed back to the hostel, packed up our stuff, and started cycling north.
The plan wasn’t to go very far: just up to the Churchill Barrier connected South Ronaldsay to Burray. Over the 70 years since it was build, a substantial sand dune has formed and provides some decent wild camping spots. We got there just in the knick of time: as soon as we had the tent up, the rain came down.
Luckily, it was just a shower, and once it had passed we headed to the Burray Hotel for a couple of pints and a nice meal. On our way back to the tent, we were treated to another fantastic sunset.