Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2

Day 46 - Kirkwall to Stromness

A vintage rally in Kirkwall provides some entertainment before I move on to Stromness. There are a large number of steam engines of all sizes, and a crowd gather to watch one particularly large one being started by a landrover pulling a long rope wrapped round its flywheel.

The Standing Stones of Stenness draw me off the road and I wait until the few visitors are clear before taking some photographs.

Whilst passing through the village of Finstown I overtake an old 'Chopper' bike loaded with luggage and a fully grown adullt cycling it. I miss the photographic opportunity.

I overtook a vintage tractor on a downhill section of road. He had the advantage on uphills with power and I had advantage on the downhill with speed, so it was touch and go if he would have to overtake me before Stromness.

Stromness has a grey dull appearance just like Kirkwall, but there is much more character. Stromness is arranged around a long narrow flagstone road running parallel to the shore line. The campsite is right at the very end on an exposed point, and like the one in Kirkwall, run by the local council.

I end up in the Stromness Hotel for some traditional music this evening.

Photograph of a vintage tractor at the rally in Kirkwall
Vintage tractor at the rally in Kirkwall

Photograph of a Model T Ford coupe at the vintage rally in Kirkwall
Model T Ford coupé at the vintage rally in Kirkwall

Photograph of the Stenness Stones
The Stenness Stones

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