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

Day 53 - Stromness to John O'Groats

Today I was travelling back to John O'Groats, and had a helping hand from Chris to pack and get ready.

I cycled back through Kirkwall where I was to use the last part of my sight-seeing ticket to see the Bishops and Earl's Palaces. The Bishop's Palace is a 12th Century hall-house, later much altered with a round tower built by Bishop Reid in 1541-1548. The notorious Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney, built the adjacent Earl's Palace between 1600 and 1607. The attendants had all gone for lunch so I let myself in to have a good look round.

I take the 5:15pm ferry from Bradwick, camp at the campsite and end up at the Caber-Feidh Guest House for a couple of ciders in the evening.

Photograph of the Stromness Hotel in Stromness
The Stromness Hotel, Stromness

Photograph of the Kirkwall Hotel and a local boat in Kirkwall
The Kirkwall Hotel and a local boat, Kirkwall

photograph of the Earl's Palace in Kirkwall
The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall

Photograph of the Bishop's Palace in Kirkwall
The Bishop's Palace, Kirkwall

Photograph of St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall
St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

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