At the end of August, my brother and I had an overnight trip to Orkney. With just over 30 hours on the mainland, we had to strike a balance of touring some key tourist sites without tearing round like maniacs, and we started off with an afternoon on the west mainland.
I had visited the Orkney Brewery on a previous visit but hadn’t ever done a tour (£7). Our short tour of the Brewery showcased all the production that goes on site, and is followed up by a tasting of three third pints of your choice.
We accompanied this with lunch – a yummy smoked mackerel pate platter for me, and a Dark Island Steak and Ale pie for my brother. I followed up my platter with a piece of Dark Island cake – a beautiful chocolate cake flavoured with Orkney Dragonhead ale and topped with a cream cheese frosting. Delicious and worth visiting the Brewery alone for!
Feeling full and ready to move on, I took my brother to Yesnaby, where there are stunning views of the cliffs. Like the last time I was there, it was breezy and wet, but this just adds to the atmosphere of the waves crashing beneath you!
We had pre-booked tickets to Skara Brae earlier on in the week, and as we arrived the skies cleared over the west mainland, and the sun made an appearance.
Skara Brae is a neolithic village which was discovered when a great storm pounded the Bay of Skaill and revealed a set of stone buildings.
Visitors can walk round the whole village, and it’s amazing to see how our ancestors lived. Skara Brae is older than the Egyptian pyramids!
Each house is around 40 square metres and all the houses were connected by an underground passageway. Coupled with an reconstructed house that you could go into, and centre with exhibits and a video.
Between April and October, ticket entry to Skara Brae also includes entry to Skaill House. Skaill House was owned by William Watt, who discovered the neolithic dwellings.
Visitors explore a 1950s family home, and discover the items collected by the family since the 17th Century.
The rooms were absolutely beautiful, and all had views either to the bay of Skaill or the neighbouring Orkney fields.
I think my favourite room was this bathroom with its retro pale pink suite!
Next week’s post will see our trip continue from the west mainland with a walk through Stromness!