Orkney http://anneflint.webs.com/apps/photos/ Orkney Kirkwall Winter's tale taken from the Orkney Islands Council Offices http://anneflint.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=114073571 114073571 Kirkwall The tranquility of Kirkwall Harbour http://anneflint.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=114073572 114073572 Ring of Brodgar "The Ring of Brodgar is the finest known truly circular late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone ring and a later expression of the spirit which gave rise to Maeshowe, Stenness and Skara Brae." http://anneflint.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=114074112 114074112 St. Magnus Cathedral ST MAGNUS CATHEDRAL is one of Orkney's most magnificent landmarks - towering above the Kirkwall landscape with its distinctive red sandstone hues. Work began on construction of the 'finest church the North had ever seen' in 1137, and it now belongs to the 'people of Kirkwall'. http://anneflint.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=114074113 114074113 Stromness There's nowhere quite like Stromness. It stretches for over a mile along the shore of Hamnavoe, an inlet of Scapa Flow sheltered by the islands of Outer Holm and Inner Holm. Yet the core of the town is just one main street that twists and turns narrowly between the shoreline and the hillside behind. http://anneflint.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=114074114 114074114 Stromness The name Stromness comes from the Norse Straumrnes, or point of land by Hoy Sound: though it is probable that the natural harbour here was used by the Picts before the Vikings arrived. By the 1300s the name was recorded as Strumnay, and "Stromness" first appears in records in 1544. http://anneflint.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=114074115 114074115 The Italian Chapel In early 1942 some 550 Italian prisoners of war, captured in North Africa, were brought to Orkney. They were needed to overcome the shortage of labour working on the continuing construction of the Churchill Barriers. These were the four causeways designed to block eastern access to Scapa Flow following the sinking of HMS Royal Oak by a German U-Boat in 1939. http://anneflint.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=114074116 114074116 Yesnaby Yesnaby, on the western coast of the Orkney Mainland, is a rugged, rocky coastline with towering cliffs and boiling seas. 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