This morning we did a 5km hike at the Loch Scavaig, on the Isle of Skye. Very technical hike, on slippery rocks, fog and some rain, but a really nice walk. The zodiac ride back was like riding a wild horse, also lots of fun. Back on the ship, we have a very long sail to the Orkney Islands, at the top of Scotland. Lectures all afternoon, by the in-house scientists and historiansâ€” some very interesting.
Iâ€™ve been drinking the 14 year old Oban Single Malt. Very nice, and Iâ€™m having a 2nd glass today since itâ€™s Fatherâ€™s Day!
Next morning, we were docked at Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. Spent the morning exploring Kirkwall and itâ€™s famous cathedral, then by bus to the original home of John Rae, a famous explorer, who found the last link to the North-West passage. He also lived in Hamilton (my hometown) for awhile, with his Torontonian wife. The house isnâ€™t there anymore, but thereâ€™s a historical plaque, but I canâ€™t find itâ€™s location on Google.
I had a few very interesting conversations with author Ken McCoogan, one of the historians on-board. Ken lives in the Toronto Beaches and has written 11 non-fiction books on John Rae and others.
We spent another night tied up in Kirkwall, because of rough seas, and Iâ€™m getting really anxious about getting to the Shetland Islands.
The next day was spent in a bus, driving all over Orkney, with Margaret, a very good tour guide. We got to the town of Stromness, and visited the museum, which was mostly about Canada. Stromness was the last re-supply point for the Hudsonâ€™s Bay Company ships heading to Canada.
Tonight, weâ€™re sailing to the Shetlands. Excited!
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