Piece of Nature

Don’t remember the location of this photo, but it might be close to home. Sadly, autumn has come. I feel like those dead branches. Sometimes I wish I lived in a place where summer never ends.


Rackwick Bay : Hoy

Next year someday in the month of July and about 5PM I hope I can sit down close by and watch the Atlantic waves rolling into the Bay. Rackwick Bay is located on Hoy. It’s easy to reach this place. The cliff you see in this photo is Santoo Head.

Location on Google Maps.


Stromness : Silent city by the Hills

We went to Stromness twice. This photo of Hoy Hills are taken in Warebeth, a popular coastal path on the mainland. Stromness is a silent place. On our last visit we walked the empty streets in the evening after coming back from Hoy. The air was warm even if rainy clouds hung above us. We had a great stay.

Stromness is a beautiful city and less busy than Kirkwall. Much of its activities are located down the Harbour. I highly recommend a visit to the Travel Centre where you can be served with information about boats, ships and other activity in the area. It also has a nice shop. We boarded the Graemsay ferry to North Hoy from here.

North Hoy view from Warebeth in Stromness.



Photo: Street in central Kirkwall. It’s very narrow and you can’t really relax and go about here since cars may show up anytime in front or behind you. The streets of Stromness were more quiet.

Kirkwall is the biggest town and capital of Orkney, off the coast of northern mainland Scotland. The town is first mentioned in Orkneyinga saga in the year 1046 when it is recorded as the residence of Rögnvald Brusason the Earl of Orkney, who was killed by his uncle Thorfinn the Mighty. In 1486, King James III of Scotland elevated Kirkwall to the status of a royal burgh; modern roadsigns still indicate “The City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall”.

The name Kirkwall comes from the Norse name Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay), which was later corrupted to KirkvoeKirkwaa and Kirkwall.

Deerness : Orkney islands

Photo: Deerness is about 8½ miles south east of Kirkwall. A nature reserve with lots of bird life and dramatic nature. Deerness has also a Norse and Viking history. One important place or excavations and archaeology is the Brough of Deerness. Mammals and seals can be spotted if one is lucky. During our seven day stay in the Orkneys we didn’t spot a single seal or Puffin.

Getting out here: We took a bus from Kirkwall. The final destination is Lighthouse corner, then we walked about 40 minutes. Stopped for the Gloup. The word is from Norse ‘gluppa’, a blow-hole. This is a collapsed sea cave, 40 yards long by 80 feet deep.


The Gloup. Also recommend to watch this spot on Google Maps. Looks really astonishing from high above!



On our way to Hoy

Photo: Hills of Hoy Island in late July 2012. Ward Hill (to the left) is the highest hill in Orkney, Scotland. It lies at the north of the island, between Moaness and Rackwick.

Trip: We visited the Northern part of Hoy the last day before we went home. We came there by boarding the passenger ferry Graemsay from Stromness Harbour. I modified this photo in Instagram, but for several hours we had a clear blue sky! And that’s not very common in these islands since the weather swift fast and is unpredictable. With an area of 143 square kilometres (55 sq mi) it is the second largest in the archipelago after the Mainland. It is connected by a causeway called The Ayre to South Walls.