A Little Bit Of Orkney History – that I hadn’t known before

By Bernie Bell

It was another lovely, sunny autumn Orkney day, and we went for a walk above Stromness  https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/03/01/above-stromness/

I asked Mike where he’d like to go for lunch, and he said “Somewhere full of light”, so we went to the Birsay Bay Tearooms, just through Birsay village, which is….full of light!

Birsay Bay Tea Rooms B Bell

The food is always good, too.

We’ve walked along the section of coast, which you can see from the window of the tea room, many times, and have passed a little cluster of buildings, which we always presumed to be just some byres for livestock. In the tearoom, on the windowsill, there is a card with some general information about what you can see from the window, including this, referring to the cluster of buildings.………………”Birsay Artillery Volunteers training range ( circa 1880’s). WW2 lookout in centre.”

Buildings Birsay military WW2 B Bell

There really is always something else to learn, even about familiar places.  Add to this, a beautiful sunset when we went out to the car – as the sun dropped, so did the temperature – the seasons, and the years, and the wars,  move on.

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