Orkney

In the summer of 2018 I went camping in Orkney. We travelled by public transport to the Orkney which involved three trains and one ferry ride. It took the majority of the day to travel but the ferry crossing was fantastic and it was such a beautiful scenic journey. When we arrived we got driven to the Campsite where we had put up our tents and the tents were different as they had blow up poles which was interesting in the winds which you get when you get when you are there.

There is so much to see on this small island off the mainland of Scotland and it has so much history. We visited the Italian Chapel which was built by Italian prisoners of war during the second world war following a request from the camp priest to which they transferred to Nissen Huts into a Chapel. There is also the Churchill barriers nearby, these were built to stop eastern approaches but little did they know how they created a modern day tourist attraction as well as a link between some of the isles of Orkney.

Orkney is is also known for Skara brea the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe. You can walk a from the small village and get feel of what it must have been like all that 5,000 years ago. There is also Skaill House which is where William Graham Watt, 7th Laird of Breckness, who unearthed the World famous neolithic village of Skara Brae in 1850 lived.

Orkney is also known for its food and especially my favourite FUDGE!! It is available just about anywhere on the island I even got the chance to see if being made in Argo’s Bakery in Stromness as well as the biscuits and cakes that are made there on a daily basis.

The camping part of the holiday was interesting as the sheep in the next field kept escaping and knocking into our tents. The tents were massive and were very comfy and managed to stay up in the winds. There is no trees on Orkney for this reason as they would just get blown down.

I had a fantastic time when there and would love to go again and explore more as you can drive to each side of the island in about 2 hours if not less.

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