Journey to Tomb of the Eagles, Orkney

We have arrived in Orkney! The last vestiges of a storm passed through the north Atlantic this morning, with high seas and dodgy tides in the the Pentland Firth. The Northlink ferry Hamnavoe was diverted away from her normal crossing to the west of Hoy. Instead, and after a mildly exciting 'bumpy' start, we found ourselves sailing through the comparatively calm waters of Scapa Floe.

 Rounding Cantick Head, with Scapa Floe and the Hoy Hills beyond, aboard MV Hamnavoe (photo: Aaron Watson)
Rounding Cantick Head, with Scapa Floe and the Hoy Hills beyond, aboard Hamnavoe (Photo: Aaron Watson)
 

After landing in Stromness we drove down across the Churchill Barriers to South Ronaldsay. After meeting with Kathleen, one of the managers at Tomb of the Eagles visitor centre, we visited the cairn in bright afternoon sunshine.

Tomb of the Eagles
Ronnie filming the coastline with Tomb of the eagles on the skyline. The standing stone is modern (Photo: Aaron Watson)
 

Fingers crossed that this fine weather will continue until the dawn tomorrow...