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Browsing Posts in Neolithic

Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney, a group of islands which are situated to the North of the Scottish mainland. Reflecting Orkney’s Scandinavian heritage, the name Kirkwall is probably derived from the Old Norse Kirkju Vagr meaning ‘Church Bay’. Orkney was ceded to Scotland from Norway as part of a royal marriage settlement on 20 February 1472, Islanders are very conscious of their Scandinavian heritage, which is reflected in local place names and dialect.

The Museum of the Isles at Armadale, Isle of Skye, is an excellent facility which, although primarily focused on Clan MacDonald affords the visitor the opportunity to drill down and connect with not only Clan MacDonald but wider Western Isles and Scottish history dating back over the millennia.

Today, we departed Pitlochry in central Scotland and drove to Inverness in the Highlands visiting Dalwhinnie Distillery, Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns en-route.