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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

TLC Travels - Orkney

Scottish Primerose
TLC explored the amazing archeology and scenery of the Western Mainland on Orkney as part of the Historic Scotland sites. The theme was the Neolithic period with a look at life in the Orkneys 5000 years ago. We visited the chambered burial Cairn of Maeshow, the Ring of Brodgar and the fascinating site of Skara Brae, which is the best preserved Neolithic village in  Northern Europe. We wandered the cliffs of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Marwick Head Nature Preserve to search for puffins and other shore birds then scoured the cliffs at Yesnaby for the ever- illusive Scottish Primrose- found only on Orkney.  We are still in search of the puffins however...

Ring of Brodgar
The Orkney Islands are world famous for having the greatest concentration of archaeological monuments in Europe, and the Ring of Brodgar (pictured right) represents the ancient heritage of the area. The 27 stone ring stretches 104 meters wide and was believed to be dated between 2500 BC and 2000 BC. 

Marwick Head Reserve is a very important area with the sheer sandstone cliffs providing nesting sites for thousands of seabirds including guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes and puffins. The tops of the cliff (pictured below) are also a great spot for wildflowers.

TLC's Executive Director, Gwen Lacy,
searching for puffins at Marwick Head

Stay tuned for the final week of the TLC Scotland adventure. To see more pictures of Orkney click here - or for other sites of Scotland click here
Ferry to St. Margaret's Hope/ Orkney

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