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Orkney




Orkney

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We sailed on past Handa, then had a sudden man-overboard drill as the dinghy painter parted. Despite the wind, the dinghy drifted away slower than expected, and we were able to down sail and motor back for it in good style. We spent the night in Kinlochbervie, a pale shadow of a once busy fishing harbour, being the first yacht of the year to call. From there we made the 13 hour passage round Cape Wrath and across to Orkney. Since then we have sunbathed in Stromness, bussed across to Kirkwall, and visited the Scapa Flow anchorages of Houton, St Mary’s, St Margaret’s Hope (photo) and Burray (beside the Churchill Barrier). At St Margaret’s Hope, on South Ronaldsay, we cycled the length and breadth of the island and had a fine dinner at The Creel restaurant, run by Alan Craigie, Scotland’s Restaurant Chef of the Year 2006. Now back in Stromness, we plan to go west-about round the Mainland and into Kirkwall in the face of a deteriorating weather forecast.

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