Sailing north from Stronsay around the coast of Sanday, with a little fishing, then up the coast of Eday and through Calf Sound then across to Pierowall on Westray. A visit to the castle before dinner.
A very friendly island: one chap is taking four of us to the south end in his car tomorrow evening to see puffins; every car that passes the drivers wave hello; and I had to decline two further offers of lifts.
6 June – Westray explorations
Tuesday morning, we took a taxi (driven by a local farmer who is also a lifeboat volunteer and manages the safety at the airport) to the far west, for a walk back from Noup Head lighthouse to Pierowall, and later had an evening visit to Castle o’ Burrian to watch the puffins.
7 June – Westray and Papa Westray
Wednesday morning was calm again so we had a motor around the coast to see Noup Head cliffs and birds from the sea, plus a bit of fishing: five saithe and four cod for dinner.
Wednesday afternoon Lucy and I took the foot ferry to the small island of Papa Westray (known locally as Papay) for a walk in glorious warm sunshine to Knap of Howar, a farmstead from 3500 BC which is the oldest standing building in northern Europe.
8 June – Westray to Kirkwall
A glorious day’s sailing from Pierowall on Westray to Kirkwall.
And so ended another lovely holiday with Trinovante. We said our farewells, picked up the car and took the overnight ferry to Shetland to continue our holiday for a few more days.