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Scotland: Land of Heather, Lakes and Sheep III

Published: 24.3.2014
Cold and raindrops hitting a side of my tent wake me up. It would be better if there was no thermometer for knowing that it is just 1 degree above zero is not very encouraging. Fortunately, the wind got better. I quickly pack my tent hoping that my hands will not freeze.

Thanks to another very kind lady I find myself right by Standing Stones of Stenness – a megalithic landmark about 5000 years old. It slowly stops raining and occasionally the sun pops up from the clouds. But it is still cold. Sheep walk between stones. Apparently they do not mind tourists with cameras and videocameras.

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My leg still hurts but I do not want to stay by the road. So I continue walking along Ring of Brodgar. Surprisingly I do not have to walk on asphalt, there is a pedestrian path along the road. I cross blossoming meadow and I reach one of the most amazing landmarks in Scotland. I cannot believe that Prehistoric people were able to create something so monumental. In almost a perfect circle there are several stones. Most of them withstand forces of time. I climb to a small hill right next a circle. There a truly magnificent view opens in front of me. Below me, among stones, are walking people in raincoats. On both sides, there is dark blue water surface. In the background, green hilltops rise and touch dark gray clouds. I regret that I cannot capture this moment on the camera. However, it will remain in my memory for a long time.

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Walk would not be a good idea because of my legs. It seems that cars pass by these area now and then. But they are full. Or they go in a different direction than I need. I will rather walk back to the main road. About hundred meters of walk, a local fisherman pickes me up. Despite he goes in the opposite direction, he takes me to the main road. There it is fast. Another fisherman, and there are plenty of them on the Orkneys, takes me to the capital, Kirkwall. I take a quick tour in the cathedral, follows snack, rest and I continue on. The problem is that there are almost no cars…

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Text/photo: Matouš Vinš



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