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Mini Break to South Ronaldsay

We celebrated our wedding anniversary the other week so took a short 'staycation' to South Ronaldsay.

We don't tend to go over the barriers very often, although David does more now as he has been diving the wrecks in Scapa flow. (Guest blog post by David to follow all about diving in Orkney)

We left mid morning via Kirkwall to get supplies for our self-catering cottage. Stocked up with holiday food we made our way along the Holm straight down to the barriers. David had booked it all as a surprise so I was excited to see where we were going.

An obligatory stop at the lovely beaches by the barriers was in order. There are some amazingly sandy beaches much different to the ones near us on the west mainland.

We arrived at 'Brecks Byre' a traditional barn converted into a lovely one bed holiday cottage. There was a beautiful stone wall with a log wood burner which Bogey thoroughly enjoyed. Isn't it great getting to take our four legged friend on holiday.

Whilst in South Ronaldsay we went for a nice walk along the coast by the ferry terminal in Burwick. There are some steep cliffs and a coastal walk where you can look down on all the birds. The photo below shows the route you can walk from Burwick car park all the way to Sandwick bay. This route is a 3hr, 4mile walk.

After our windswept walk we went back and relaxed again in front of the fire.

The next day David surprised me again with a visit to Herston Stained Glass, here we spent the morning creating some copper foil glass work. We learnt how to cut the glass, put copper foil on the edges and then soldier it together. It was really enjoyable and Angela was a great teacher. I have another voucher from my christmas gifts so I will be back again to create something. Here's the pics of our day out. Davids viking ship and my highland cow are now hanging in the conservatory for you to admire when you come and stay with us!

Before heading back home we went for a walk around St Margarets hope and for some lunch at the Murray Arms, very popular for their seafood menu.

As you can see somebody enjoyed relaxing on their mini break!

There's lots of things to do on a visit to South Ronaldsay but unfortunately due to covid and it being off season many places were closed.

Here's a few spots we would have visited had they been open or we had a little more time.

  1. The Tomb of The Eagles

  2. Banks Chambered Tomb

  3. Fossil and Heritage Centre, Burray - Fossil centre and great cafe ideal stop for lunch

  4. Skerries Bistro - well recommended sea food restaurant

  5. Hoxa Tapestry Gallery

  6. The Workshop and Loft Gallery - Local knitwear and crafts as well as local artwork

  7. The Smiddy Museum - Museum in St Margaret's Hope,

  8. Robertsons Cafe - St Margarets Hope

  9. The Italian Chapel - Not in South Ronaldsay but a trip to the barriers is not complete without a stop.

Now back to preparing for guests again, visitors are allowed from the 26th April!

Bye for now


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