Back in February, after I had dropped my visitor back at the airport, I took the chance to visit the Ring of Brodgar. It's one of my favourite sites, and is a neolithic henge monument. It's only in the Winter I can be sure to have it to myself. Coach parties visit in the summer as do other tourists and lots of locals too. But I love the solitude to wander around and breathe the air and imagine. I also stopped at the Standing Stones of Stenness, no longer a complete circle but lovely to wander around too. Both the henges are part of the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. Here are a few photos taken on a sunny but cold February day!
Above is the Ring of Brodgar, the large stone looks like a head!
The silhouetted where the land meets sky.
There are stunning views all around....
The Hoy Hills in the distance
And a brackish loch (mix of fresh and sea water)
The Standing Stones of Stenness looking magnificent with a snow cloud above.
Incoming snow shower!
These stones also now stand next to a loch....
With this handsome chap sitting on a rock. Fisherman often come here to fish for trout. Hmmm bet there weren't many left after this chap had visited!
Snow clouds reflected in the clear water
Brrr need to warm my hands and toes after this post!