St Magnus Cathedral

I’m back!

10 years ago I visited Orkney for the first time. I drove, taking the ferry from John O’Groats. It took close to 7 hours, excluding comfort stops.

Norse Heritage

This time I flew, with Loganair from Aberdeen (they fly from Edinburgh too, but the Aberdeen flight times suited me better).

Loganair’s Saab 2000

On my last visit I stayed for close to a week, but this time I am just here over the weekend.

So far, so good. The Loganair Experience was excellent, as usual. Kirkwall Airport is small and perfectly formed, like other island airports. Stagecoach operates a bus service into town every 30 minutes during the day. It takes less than 15 minutes. Ideal.

Kirkwall Airport

I am staying at the Storehouse in Kirkwall town centre.

The Storehouse

It is expensive, but lovely. I ate there on my first night and it was the best food I have eaten for a long time. Crabcake as a starter, followed by monkfish with scallops. Again it was not cheap, but it was worth it.

Kirkjuvagr Gin Distillery

Island life seems to appeal to me.

ⓒ iain taylor, 2019


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