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Grain Souterrain



Visited 5.6.12

On the way to catch the ferry to Rousay we stopped off to have a look at the Grain Souterrain.

We called into the jewellers to pick up the keys (the staff were very friendly and helpful) and we drove the short distance (300 metres) to the site (well sign posted).
Historic Scotland provided a torch but I think the batteries needed changing!
Fortunately we had brought our own head lights.

Dafydd and myself climbed down the steps and into the main chamber.
I was just about able to stand up straight – Dafydd had no such problem.

Although it was warm outside, down here you could see your breath.
The Souterrain is well constructed and has 4 large uprights supporting the roof.
Drips of water trickled over some of the stones.

This is a very easy site to access – don’t be put off by having to ask for the keys – and is well worth a visit when in Kirkwall.
Posted by CARL
10th July 2012ce

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