Cycling The Orkneys - Day 2 of 3- Mainland Tour

Road Cycling
Jul 19

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Join Will on a 3 day mini break cycling around the Orkney Islands.  Based in Stromness, we will spend three days visiting the sights around the Mainland and the isle of Hoy.  You will need to book your own transport and accommodation.

Today will be a bit of an epic, cycling the circumference of Mainland, a distance of 144km with 1161m of ascent.  We wont be in a rush, as we will have long daylight hours and a significant part of the morning will be spent visiting some of the sites that make up the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site".  The visits shouldn't take very long, but will provide some great photographs.  The sites include;

  • Maeshowe Chambered Cairn.  One of the finest Neolithic buildings in north - west Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering.
  • Standing Stones of Stenness.  Possibly the oldest stone circle in the British Isle.  Admittedly only 4 stones left, but still apparently impressive to see.
  • Ness of Brodgar.  Archaeological excavations on the Ness have been revealing a large complex of monumental Neolithic buildings along with decorated masonry, pottery, stone tools, evidence of stone tiled roofing and much more. Work to uncover the seemingly endless secrets of the site continues for 8 weeks each summer, and the public are welcomed to the site to see this amazing place and to hear about it, on regular tours throughout the dig season.
  • Ring of Brodgar.  The ring was built around 2500-2000BC and covering an area of almost 8,500 square metres it is the third largest stone circle in the British Isles - just pipped by Avebury and Stanton Drew.
  • Skara Brae & Skaill House.  Skara Brae is the best-preserved group of prehistoric houses in western Europe.  Skaill House is the finest 17th century mansion in Orkney and just next door to Skara Brae, so it would be rude not to include it.

If time allows, a visit to Broch of Gurness would be good; an Iron Age settlement, with a small village arranged around a central, massive broch tower.

The route can be downloaded here.

Check out Day 1 for transport and accommodation suggestions.

The third day of cycling can be found here.


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