Stromness, Orkney

The main Street in Stromness on a nice summers day.

Main Street in Stromness

The Callanish Standing Stones

My American friend, Dallas Jones, remarked in his comment to the Stonehenge Stone Circle that he preferred the standing stones in the Outer Hebrides; the Callanish Standing Stones.
I agree with him! The stones at Stonehenge are larger, I’ll give you that. But size is not all, as you know. The stones on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides are situated more dramatically on top of a ridge, with clear view in all directions. Not only that, from the site of the main circle at Callanish you can see two other stonecircles!
When I went to take pictures of the stone circle at Callanish the last time I was there, I first met with the same problem as I did at Stonehenge: too many tourists wandering in and out between the stones. So, the next morning I got up early and drove to the circle before people had arrived.
I got the images I wanted! I wish I lived closer to these stones. “The right” images would be much more dramatic than in summer holiday weather, I should have visited in fall or winter, with darker clouds, perhaps even with rain.
Because this site has drama built into it!


The fascinating Skara Brae

Often I wish I could travel in time, backwards. I would have found it very interesting then to go to Orkney and Skara Brae, and see how the people lived there. Standing on the side of this underground dwelling sets my thoughts flying…
This is the basic layout in all the houses here. The dresser, with the back to the sea, is where prized objects were stored and displayed. It was the first thing you would see when you entered the room. Around the dresser, set into the floor, are three small tanks for preparing fish bait. To the right of the dresser is a large grinding stone.
In the centre is the hearth. Between the hearth and the dresser is a stone seat. On either side of the house are box beds. Above the beds, set into the walls are further storage spaces. Yet more storage is provided by cells or alcoves set into the thickness of the walls. Also notice the small window beside the dresser.
Today, you can look down into each dwelling, since there are no roofs. Originally, the roofs were made of timber or whalebone, with turf on top.

Skara Brae

Bus traveling in Orkney

Sometimes everybody in the bus wants to look out of the bus front window. Not easy that…

Bus trip

Barra, Outer Hebrides

Arriving at Castlebay, Barra.


Callanish Standing Stones

In my opinion, the most impressive standing stones in Britain, also because they are situated beautifully on a ridge with view in all directions. Simply magnificent!

Callanish Stones

Machair on the Outer Hebrides

You must experience the colours of a machair to believe it! This is from Lewis, Outer Hebrides. Look up MACHAIR here.

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