Stromness, Orkney Islands (Scotland)

Stromness, in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, is a historic town with cobbled streets and stone buildings. Its maritime heritage, scenic harbor, and connections to Arctic exploration make it unique and captivating.
Cycle routes passing Stromness
Weeks I stayed Stromness
Wed, 28. Jun 2023
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On my way to the islands. First the Orkney Islands, then Shetland. Only two people on the ferry and the crew, which was really nice. At least on the way to. Lots of busses came to bring people to the harbour to get to John o'Groats. Cruise tourists. Had them as well in Kirkwall where I had to wait a bit, as my gear cable needed replacement. All empty, until I reached the cathedral and all of a sudden hundreds of people. Really, pouring in. It must be bittersweet for people living there. The first night on Orkney I spent on an amazing campsite. Small, not too manicured, but really had everything one could ask for. And done in a super nice way. Made me realise, that I miss taking care of a place. They had as well the best honesty shop I've ever seen. Second night was so different, the warden had the charm of a prison guard. Not a lot of biking, due to the repair. Had to change plans a bit.

Oh. I found a little grocery in Kirkwall. They have the best smoked mackerel I had, ever.

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Thu, 29. Jun 2023
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I biked for 100 days now. I travelled longer. And I’m almost at the most northern point. Orkney is very beautiful, but I must say, I’m missing trees a bit. And I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that islands are not great for biking. You’re going in circles, need to take routes back and forth. Wait for the ferry. So, I think I will skip the outer Hebrides. And go to Ireland. I will go there though, but maybe with a pair of hiking boots.

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Mood: happy :)