Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Orkney Islands - 11

Today we celebrate the Feast of St Margaret of Scotland.

We have now travelled from Kirkwall to Skara Brae which is located due north of Stromness.

Here we see the flag of Historic Scotland flying proudly over their World Heritage Site.

In the winter of 1850 a wild storm stripped the grass from the high dune known as Skara Brae in the Bay of Skaill on mainland Orkney. An immense midden or refuse heap was uncovered. So too were the ruins of ancient dwellings. What came to light in that storm proved to be the best preserved neolithic village in northern Europe. And it remains that today.

Happy Feast!

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