This walk took place before the increased restrictions to movement.
By Bernie Bell
Mike is now working at home – only going into town when needed, to buy essential supplies – and I’m being a hermit! But that needn’t stop us from going for walks. So, on Sunday, as usual, we made sandwiches and headed for the RSPB ‘Birdy Walk’ at the Ring of Brodgar, as described at the end of this piece…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/04/06/bernie-bell-orkney-walks-with-stories-the-procession/.
We parked in the car park for the Stones of Stenness ….
…walked along by Harray Loch, past the site of the archaeological dig at the Ness of Brodgar, which has been postponed for this year, but will resume in 2021.
Crossing the road at the end of the lochside path, we go straight ahead onto the Birdy Walk..
Having walked along by Stenness Loch, we sat on a conveniently placed bench to eat our sandwiches, hoping to see an otter, and noticing that there is still some snow on the Hoy Hills, on the 22 March.
And, sitting there, looking around me, I got to thinking ………Brodgar will get a chance to heal – a much needed chance…
The monuments are about people. They were planned by people, and raised and built by people. They meant a lot to people, and still do mean a lot to people – they are of the people.
One person matters more than even the most monumental monument, and the preservation of an ancient monument isn’t worth even one human life.
What I was thinking though, was – there will be less visitors to the Ring of Brodgar this year – a lot less visitors – less foot-fall, and so poor, down–trodden Brodgar will get a chance to rest, recover, rejuvenate and …heal.
It was just three months since we were there last, on Christmas Day 2019 https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/12/31/a-cautionary-tale/
A lot has happened in those three months. On our most recent walk we met some folk, out on a Sunday with their children and dogs, and when we met, I’m pleased to say that everyone did the right thing. Mike and I at one far side of the path, and the other folk at the other far side. We’d pass by, with an “Aye Aye” or a “Take care of yourselves”, and a smile. A smile goes a long way.
Maybe , when this crisis is over, and the world settles into whatever normal life will be then, there might be less massive liners coming to Orkney, and a more steady, balanced flow of folk, coming to pay their respects at Brodgar. And the healing can continue. Maybe.
If you would like to see more of Stewart Bremner’s work click on this link: Stewart Bremner