When I was typing my first Orkney post a few days ago, the weather was unexpectedly Mediterranean-like: calm, warm and beautifully sunny. Since then, the weather has remained beautiful (if you like rugged and spectacular weather, which we do!), and in some cases sunny. But the word ‘calm’ definitely has to be dropped. We find ourselves in the tail end of a hurricane and so with typical British understatement, it’s been a bit blowy.
Not that you would know it from my photos. These shots were taken at Yesnaby on the west coast of the Orkney Mainland, where the wind was so strong I could hardly stand up. It looks almost tranquil, apart from those menacing black clouds! But aren’t the sea and wave colours gorgeous in the first image:
The weather forecast suggests that it will be less breezy in the coming days, so I am hoping we can pay another visit to this stunning site, where there are apparently many more spectacular geological sights to explore.
Meanwhile, the beauty of Orkney is not confined to its coast. We took a trip to the RSPB reserve at Cottascarth where sadly there were no birds to be seen – we were probably there at the wrong time of day, to be fair. And it was lovely to see such gorgeous moorland scenery:
The views around our holiday property continue to enthrall. We pop in to Skaill Bay every day to see what is about. It is almost easy to become blasé about being able to see this famous site from our front windows…..
….and then up close, where it manages to look differently breathtaking with each visit:
We have found a lovely spot to perch and watch the birds:
And I am slightly obsessed with the view from the side of our property, which is also ever-changing in mood and spectacle. It looks to me like an Edward Hopper-esque painting in the making:
Of course, Orkney does have some small urban centers. Nearest to us is Stromness, Orkney’s second-largest town. It has some great coastal walks, which again we may re-visit in better weather next week:
And the town itself, with its busy harbour, is full of interest. So much so, in fact, that it deserves its own post, so stay tuned for Part Three of this holiday diary! In the meantime, let me leave you with a couple of my digital sketches. I have not done much art in recent months, so how lovely to have the time, the inclination and the inspiration – the perfect holiday ingredients. 😀