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.
This time I flew, with Loganair from Aberdeen (they fly from Edinburgh too, but the Aberdeen flight times suited me better).
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.
I am staying at the Storehouse in Kirkwall town centre.
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.
Island life seems to appeal to me.
ⓒ iain taylor, 2019