The Orkney Isles - Part I

So as I wrap up my 3+ year European leg of life, I and one of my best mates, Josh Keliher, decided to do a final euro-road trip. We settled on visiting the Orkney Islands, an archipelago in Northern Scotland, nestled betwixt the Isle of Great Britain and the Shetland Islands. It has the designation of a UNESCO World heritage site due to the numerous well preserved Neolithic sites which are some of the oldest in Europe.

It occupies about the same latitude as far Northern Quebec and Baffin Island in North America. Specifically the coordinates  are 59.0000 degrees North, 3.0000 degrees West so that's just shy of the Arctic circle. Its administrative center is a burgh named Kirkwall. They have a beautiful cathedral there called St.Magnus. I took many photos of that and will post them later on as part of my on going Sacred Spaces series.

The Orkney islands are one of the most breath taking place to see. The people are so very warm and friendly and so personable. If you ever can get the chance to visit them and their wonderful archipelago, do so; as it will be well worth it. The following images are of my journey there. I want to thank my friend Josh for the opportunity to witness it. God bless ya buddy! :) Now I hope you enjoy the first slice of pics taken which are in part from our car trip through the foothills of the Scottish Highlands and the Orkney Isles themselves. Cheers! 



THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS I


THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS II


THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS III


THE LANDSCAPE OF THE ORKNEY'S


THE STANDING STONES OF STENNESS




ON THE BROUGH OF BIRSAY











YESNABY I


YESNABY II


THE BURG OF FINSTOWN I


THE BURG OF FINSTOWN II


THE RING OF BRODGAR I


THE RING OF BRODGAR II


THE LOCH OF HARRAY






JOHN O'GROATS HOUSE


LAND'S END

Lux