Gateway to UNESCO heritage site: The heart of Neolithic Orkney.

Close to Stromness marina and harbour, Browns Hostel and Houses provide a comfortable and economical stay in Orkney.

Stromness is Orkney’s second town and has all the facilities you would want for a base of exploration as well as a charming old fashioned seafront. The fishing boats bob under the harbour wall – promising (and delivering!) fresh produce. The ferry rolls in, dwarfing the fishing boats but offering access to the other Orcadian islands.

Now, down to what I regard as the major attraction (brushing aside the wildlife, solitude, landscape and hospitality). Orkney is home to a UNESCO world heritage site: The Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Ranking alongside The Taj Mahal, Stonehenge and The Great Barrier Reef, only not thronged with people.

The UNESCO website describes it thus:

“The group of monuments that make up the Heart of Neolithic Orkney consists of a remarkably well-preserved settlement, a large chambered tomb, and two stone circles with surrounding henges, together with a number of associated burial and ceremonial sites. The group constitutes a major relict cultural landscape graphically depicting life five thousand years ago in this remote archipelago.”

Now I reckon this sounds great. A chance to immerse myself in ancient culture amid which has been preserved by its glorious isolation. I’m going to book a room at Browns Hostel right away.

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