Everyone knows the Standing Stones of Stenness, but far fewer have met the Drowning Stones of Tankerness
(I confess that I've just invented that last name, but take a look)
Everyone coming to Orkney wants to – and get to – see the Standing Stones. And lovely they are too!
Far fewer go to see their lowly, but sympathetic, cousins stuck out in Mill Sand in Tankerness. But there is something sweet about them.
Seas have risen and these poor things now barely get to keep their heads above water at high tide.
And here they are at low tide
A short drive to Tankerness is very worthwhile. I also like the Iron Age village of Mine Howe on the same road. And there is a new plus this year: Sheila Fleet, one of Orkney's great jewellers,has her workshop (and a shop) there, to which she has now added a very pretty eating place in an old kirk.
(not my photo)
Check it out here
...as the temperature fell a bit below average and a NE wind of gale / strong gale force whooshed in. It was therefore just the day to go to the cliffs at Yesnaby to enjoy the weather to the full.
If one turns left from one's landing point at Yesnaby, a short walk along the grassy clifftops
takes one to this😀❗️❗️❗️
We saw something yesterday that we had not ourselves seen before. What at first sight looked like snow was whipping up and over the clifftop.
This in fact was foam churned by the pounding waves to a froth that was then carried up and over the cliff!
Getting to Yesnaby from the Creel is easy. This is what Google Maps suggests. (We went there by another route but it's more or less the way we drove back). This route takes you past the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness, two extra treats.
I like to take photos and am fond of clichés - so I'll say I find them to be worth a thousand words.