|The weblog submission guidelines state. .
"A good use of (the weblog) would be to document a megalithic holiday or day trip, showing to other users what is achievable within a certain time period"
Well, I'll do just that. Because I could wax lyrical for pages and pages about the wonders of Lewis & Orkney, but others have done it better than I could, so I'll give you an idea of what is achievable, and what I did. And what it cost. .
Sunday 11th July
Stopped in Liverpool. A 'travel tavern' type thing by the Mersey'. £30 for the room.
Left Liverpool, travelled to Penrith. Saw Castrigg & Long Meg, stayed at Penrith Travel Tavern ("Gimme the keys bitch!").
Drove from Penrith, to Ullapool. Got there fourish. Saw Loch Ness, Ben Nevis etc on the way. A Fantastic drive! Stayed at the Ferryboat Inn. Had squid & chips from a take-away restaurant by the ferry that recently won the 'Best Take-away in the British Isles' award at the food show. Honest! It was on radio 4!
Caught the ferry from Ullapool to Lewis 9am. Got to Lewis a couple of hours later. Was at Callanish about 1-ish. Ferry cost about £150
for me, Summer Garland & van (it would cost the same as a car, it's a small van).
Stopped at the stones all day, saw the other 3 circles, met Margret Curtis. .
We slept in the van, on the visitor's center car park. The toilets are open all night, and the woman in the shop suggested we park on the car park over-night. She didn't find it odd or strange. . I think lots of people come to camp here. I was very impressed with the whole visitor's center set-up.
Catch 8am ferry to Ullapool, arrived 11am-ish, drove to Scrabster on North coast. . got the earlier than expected, about 4pm. Walked around Thurso. . bit of a dump.
Caught the 'Hamnavoe' Ferry, (the cleanest and poshest Ferry I've EVER been on) about 7pm. Again, about £150 for van & 2 passengers. Clear skies. . there's the Old Man Of Hoy! . . and round the corner. . Orkney. Beautiful, wonderful, Orkney.
Stopped at the 'Standing Stones' hotel, on the main Kirkwall to Stromness road. There are bus stops to take you to both towns right outside. The hotel is very clean and well run. Pricey, (I think it was about £60 a night, per room), but worth it. 1 mile from the Stones of Stenness, 2 mile from Brodgar. The woman who runs it can be a bit of a grouch though!
Brodgar, Stenness, Skara Brae. . Picnic at night at the Stones Of Stenness. Whiskey, Cheese, Wine. .
Maes Howe, Kirkwall, Brodgar again. .
Dinner at 'Julia's' Bistro in Strommness. VERY good food. How on earth do they manage such a varied menu on this island? Went to Brodgar after to watch the sunset. We had Brodgar to ourselves.
Caught the Ferry back to Scrabster. Arrived 10.30ish, drove back to Wolverhampton. Got back about 9pm. Not advisable. . I should really have stopped halfway. This is the only bit of the holiday I got wrong.
So, in a week I saw Castlerigg, Long Meg, Callanish, Brodgar and Stenness. It cost £300 in Ferries and about the same in hotels & b&bs. I filled the van up with diesel 3 times, so £120 in diesel.
It was fantastic!
more photo's here
Posted by suave harv
27th December 2004ce
Edited 27th December 2004ce
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