A panorama as we hiked back from the Old Man of Hoy
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From Scotland 2010
Our room was in the house in the middle; great views.
Headed back into harbour; that's the ship of the local dive operation.
Lighthouse and bunkers on the shore guarding the Orkney Mainland
Just in case the cows need to make a phone call, I suppose.
I'm pretty sure they don't use this anymore, but it is certainly photogenic.
Finishing up our hike
Looking down at the bay as we hiked back
Puffin! Very cute, I'd say.
Looking up the coast; beautiful water and cliffs
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The Old Man of Hoy
The end of the trail to the Old Man of Hoy
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The Lewis Chessmen
A panorama of the cliffs at Esha Ness
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The red of the cliffs was amazing
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Soaking it all in after getting out to a tiny point on Esha Ness
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Phenomenal hiking - it appeared possible to make it down to the beach if desired.
Another bird enjoying the winds off Esha Ness
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Riding the thermals off the coase of Esha Ness
He was quite excited
Each group had their own costumes
There were dozens on clans represented in the event
Bringing the next generation into the celebratory fold
YOung an old, making up one of the many clans that participated.
Hundreds of participants marched around the loch
Getting ready to burn the boat on the loch at the Up Helly Aa celebration
Got a ruler?
A quiet afternoon of lawn bowling
This guy was pacing our boat for a while. Quite impressive!
These birds don't have the same oils on their feathers so they have to air-dry
Drying out after a dip in the ocean
In flight; the Gannets were truly beautiful
A bit of a snack
There were thousands of birds consuming every nook and cranny on the cliff faces
Up, up and away...