Monday, 9 July 2012

Day 8: Kirkwall, Orkney.

Mileage: 0 (!!)

Today we took the opportunity to do no cycling, since we had nowhere in paticular to be, and it was ridiculously windy. Kirkwall is a lovely town on the main island of Orkney, with a particularly beautiful Church of Scotland cathedral, and we thoroughly enjoyed wandering round seeing the sights.

We had to leave the comfort of our hostel between 10am-5pm. Braving the elements, wearing numerous layers (including tights), we wandered into town, visiting the cathedral and harbour, before watching Andy Murray lose valiantly to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

We went to Mass at Our Lady and St Joseph parish, Kirkwall. According to the parishioners the church has been passed between diocese' through the years, at one point coming uner the jurisdiction of a Norweigian diocese. The priest had to be ferried in from Thurso, on the Scottish mainland, and was also responsible for the parish in Wick.

Meanwhile, on the food front, we were scandalised to wake up this morning to find our eggs, milk and leftover curry gone from the communal hostel fridge! Extremely bad form on someone's part - or so we thought, until it was pointed out to us that we had mistakenly/exhaustedly left our food on the "help yourself" shelf. Lesson learned. Dinner was pasta and extremely tasty Scottish pancakes. Carbohydrates are goooood.

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