Today, we visited an eclectic mix of sites comprising three from the Neolithic period, local craft shops at Dounby, Type 45 Destroyer of the British Navy and a unique chapel constructed by Italian prisoners of War during WW2. The day was rounded off by witnessing a Scottish Pipe Band in the centre of Kirkwall.

Our first call was Skara Brae Neolithic village which dates from between 3,200 and 2,500 BC.

Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland

Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland

Our next visit was to the Ring of Brodgar which dates  from 2,500 to 2,000 BC. The stone ring was built in a true circle, 104 metres wide and originally contained sixty megaliths of which only twenty-seven  remain today.

Video clip of Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland.

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland.

Next to the Stones of Stennes which make up a a small circle dating from the third millennium BC.  It originally consisted of twelve stones. The Watchstone and Barnhouse stone are also nearby.

Standing Stones of Stennes, Orkney.

Next to Dounby to visit craft shops. We had a light lunch here also.

Craft shop, Orkney

Pottery, Orkney.

At Kirkwall we encountered British and German navy ships in port to acknowledge the centenary of the battle of Jutland in WW1 at which many lives were lost.

H.M.S.Duncan at Kirkwall, Scotland

Next to the Italian Chapel, an impressive Roman Catholic Chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italian prisoners of war during World War Two..

Italian Chapel, Scapa, Scotland

Italian Chapel, Scapa, Orkney, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Kirkwall in time to witness the local pipe band performing by the harbour.

Kirkwall City Pipe Band, Orkney, Scotland

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