Orkney: Birsay

Only accessible at low tide, the island of Birsay was a viking stronghold offering safety and seclusion and gorgeous views.

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Here’s how it looks from the mainland at low tide. A slippery walk!

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Skies by Turner

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The stones piled up all over the island in situ

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The remnants of the viking homes; sheep still graze there.

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Surprising how much has survived the elements, let alone later visitors.

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What a view to wake to every morning, eh?

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The original pictish stone has been moved to a museum but this looks beautiful.

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I take far too many pictures of seaweed, bu I like how this looked like a hand coming up.

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The view to the next promontory south.

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The skies reminded me a bit of Galway, the western shores have that in common.

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