Al and Micha’s Trip to Orkney: Day 4

Last night's refuge from the rain

Last night’s refuge from the rain

Aaahh, sunshine again. Much better, And we have smoked salmon and oatcakes for breakfast. This however attracts some unwanted attention from the locals…

Who would of thought it? Cats like the smell of fish.

Who would of thought it? Cats like the smell of fish.

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.

Hopefully this will air my shoes off so they don't end up stinking.

Hopefully this will air my shoes off so they don’t end up stinking.

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.

The open road. And blue skies again!

The open road. And blue skies again!

Watching the countryside roll by

Watching the countryside roll by

Another relic from a bygone age.

Another relic from a bygone age.

Taking a brief break from cycling to admire the view.

Taking a brief break from cycling to admire the view.

Walking down to the Tomb

Walking down to the Tomb

More flagstone cliffs!

More flagstone cliffs!

No photographs from the Tomb of the Eagles but it was an interesting visit, and the talks were good too.

Admiring the view

Admiring the view

We stopped in at the nearby cafe for some coffee and ice-cream before heading back north.

Got to keep my energy levels up!

Got to keep my energy levels up!

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.

If it wasn't so busy, this would of been a nice camping spot!

If it wasn’t so busy, this would of been a nice camping spot!

Looking out onto the enterence to Scapa Flow

Looking out onto the entrance to Scapa Flow

 

All that remains of one of the old gun emplacements

All that remains of one of the old gun emplacements

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.

Now that everything is dry, it's time to move on out!

Now that everything is dry, it’s time to move on out!

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.

Menacing rain clouds catching up with us!

Menacing rain clouds catching up with us!

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.

What a lovely evening!

What a lovely evening!

Well, the new tent is certainly waterproof.

Well, the new tent is certainly waterproof.

My efforts at using a stone tool as a bottle opener result in failure. Neolithic man would be disappointed.

My efforts at using a stone tool as a bottle opener result in failure. Neolithic man would be disappointed.

And, to sleep.

And, to sleep.

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