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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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This morning, we commenced Day 2 of our Orkney tour by departing our Kirkwall Hotel and then driving to the Stones of Stenness, a relatively small Henge and Stone Circle dating from the 3rd millennium BC. Although comprising of a small number of stones, a couple are extremely tall with tops finished off at about 45 degrees.

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Today was Day 1 of our Orkney tour.

We left Kirkwall about 9.30 and then travelled to our first stop at Dounby Click Mill. This dates from the early 19th century (1823) and is the only surviving example of a horizontal watermill on Orkney. This represents a tradition of horizontal watermills dating back to the Viking era and possibly earlier. This particular mill was in use until 1920 and has now been restored.

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