I am writing this on the ferry transporting the tour group from Egilsay to Tingwall on final leg of today’s tour.

This morning we departed our Kirkwall base and drove to Broch of Gurness which is a settlement spanning the period 1st century BC to 9th C AD. This site has the most extensive and well-preserved domestic buildings surrounding a broch anywhere in Scotland and a long history of Pictish and Viking era occupation.

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