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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July 12, 2018 at 5:53 pm
Len, some great shots. I like the one of you. I have been following everyday. Weather looks rough compared to here where we have had 30 degree temperatures.
July 12, 2018 at 7:23 pm
The shot of you solo is a ‘framer’ … as in picture….
Also liked the clothesline…why didn’t you hang something off it? (i.e. an empty scotch bottle….).
You are certainly having an interesting and fun time in your retirement!
July 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm
The bottle wasn’t empty yet, and if I pulled it out, I would have to share with too many people.