Heading to the Scottish mainland

Posted at 11:48 on April 3, 2018 by Steph

Things I learned on Orkney:

– it’s not an island, but about 50 islands, the largest of which is called Mainland
– there are 61,000 puffins here, but (very sensibly) 59,000 of them live on a remote, uninhabited western island
– Scapa Flow, a sort of sheltered harbour between the southern islands is drumming up trade as an offloading/operations point for oil tankers (there’s a slightly
disturbing number of gruesome-looking shipwrecks in the waters, but presumably those aren’t too freshly sunk)
– All bus drivers we’ve encountered here seem to be Londoners, though admittedly it’s only a sample of three