We have Orkney Explorer Passes which allow us in to several of the Historic Scotland sites. We used them to get into Skara Brae but it seemed a bit wasteful only to use them the once. So we set off back towards the north of "Mainland".
No rain, but it was quite cloudy and very windy.
First we called to see the Ring of Brodgar, which was brooding and atmospheric (and windy!!)
Then we drove on up, past Maeshowe, which we couldn't visit because you have to pre-book and we hadn't. So we waved in its direction and carried on to the Broch of Gurness, which we could go into. The ticket office was closed for lunch when we got there but fortunately it re-opened after a few minutes
The weather was improving by the hour. So we pottered back up to Birsay where we found the tea room open and stopped for afternoon tea and then a wander around the bay
Then we headed back to base where we spent a pleasant evening watching the sea and eating a chicken and mushroom pie which I made with leftovers from the previous evening. I have to say that this is an extremely well appointed kitchen for a holiday cottage. So far I have been able to find everything that I have wanted!
We are heading south today. The weather looks a bit sullen, but no rain is forecast and the wind has dropped. I am hoping for a bit of clifftop walking