Back to nature

O.K., no crawling into tombs, clambering into stone holes or standing around admiring stony interior design for you today. It’s cliff-top walks and nesting sea birds. When our ancestors first came to this land, it’s not hard to see why they stayed. The land is fertile and the climate was warmer then, allowing them to employ their ‘new-found’ farming skills. Fish, both freshwater and salt-water, were abundant, eggs from the plentiful sea birds and game meant that they had a healthy, balanced diet.

fertile land

And look at the rock. Virtually the whole island consists of sandstone, much of it in slab form just waiting to be prised apart to build a home. Pre-historic flat-pack in fact!

Brough of Birsay

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

lambs

Shoreline

Shags

Shags

Nr. tomb of eagles

thrift

sandy beach

Black Guillimot

Black Guillimot

Out to sea

Kittiwakes

Kittiwakes

View from Cuween Cairn

View from Cuween Cairn

Brough of Birsay

Brough of Birsay

Brough of Birsay

Cloud over Hoy

Cloud over Hoy

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3 Responses to “Back to nature”

  1. Diane Fairhall Says:

    Wonderful! Your pics are beautiful 🙂 We will really have to visit Orkney soon. But we’ll see you sooner!

  2. RecyclerSA Says:

    Aah, I was wondering who was mowing the lawns 🙂 Thanks for sharing your fascinating holiday, I have really enjoyed this last series of posts! Laura

  3. garybuie01 Says:

    Glad you’ve enjoyed it Laura. Back to normal now though with Skye scenery and a busy Garybuie. Pop in again sometime!
    Christine

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