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Ring of Brodgar, Orkney

Clarkie’s Orkney Tour – April 2005

“We headed for Maeshowe, the finest chambered cairn in Western Europe, built before 2700BC and containing the largest collection in the world of runic inscriptions to be found in one place. It was shut. The day was getting better, though. The sun was shining.” Mike takes a day trip across the Pentland Firth to Orkney.

Walking through time

“The Cairns of Warehouse were clearly visible ahead of us on top the hill, backlit by the sun. It looked a rough old climb, but the big bouncy dog was full of energy, so I allowed him go first and let him pull me up the steep bits!” Mike Clark explores 5,000 years of history on the Yarrows Archaeological Trail.

A beggar and his castle

“It doesn’t immediately attract the eye. Ruined and untidy. No car parks or coffee shops. No manicured lawns and flags flying. Sorry. But this is history in the raw.” Mike Clark visits Pitsligo Castle and tells the tale of the last Laird.

Culloden was won in the Kyle of Tongue

“I strolled around the shore of Lochan Hakel hoping to see something glittering in the water. Briefly, I did, but it was only the flash of a trout as it surrendered with a final flourish to a delighted angler. No sign of Prince Charlie’s gold, I’m afraid.” Mike tells of a shipwreck which may have sealed the Jacobites’ fate at Culloden.