We remain in harbour as the forecast continues to deliver gale warnings in the sea areas around us. For entertainment we have emptied and cleaned out the aft fuel tank, cleaned out the aft holding tank (sounds worse than it was), finished our books, toured the Highland Park Distillery and toured the island by car including Stromness, Scapa Flow, the Italian Chapel and crossed the Churchill barriers. We drove as far south as we could and could see across the Pentland Firth to mainland Scotland.
The Pier Art Gallery in Stromness is well worth a visit, it has contemporary art with a permanent collection of 21st century artworks, including Barbara Hepworth and a visiting exhibit. The building used to house the recruiting office for the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1836-1867 and is the base from which Orcadian Dr John Rae commenced his Arctic explorations. The Gallery has been very cleverly designed with award winning architecture linking the old buildings to new.
Listening eagerly for the next forecast and watching the grib files it looks like we may be on our way by Thursday 14th.