Day 9: Kirkwall, Orkneys  to Dunnet Head on the Mainland…

Day 9: Kirkwall, Orkneys  to Dunnet Head on the Mainland…

  • Today’s mileage:  37.7 miles
  • Total mileage:    307.6 miles
  • Desasters:  only the weather…

Baldricks plan for the day was cycle down the east coast of Orkney, across the Churchill barriers and down to Burwick to get the foot ferry to JoG.  From JoG a short cycle to Dunnet Head camp site.

It turned into a game of two halves.  The ride to the ferry was great with some interesting stuff on route.  Tje the weather crapped out and it was a real sense of humour test to the the camp site.

Easy cycling out of Kirkwall to the first Churchill barrier

Churchill barrier

There are four Churchill barriers with info boards at each.

On the first island making up the barriers is the Italian Chapel.  This is a small church constructed by Italian PoW’s during WW2.

A block ship – the Reginald…

Block ships were sunk to prevent German U boat attacks until the barries were built.  Interestingly this one featured in Eurithmics music video “Here Comes The Rain Again”

Info on the block ships…

Then onto the ferry.  Nice views of Duncansby Head but the weather’s crapping out…

Duncansby Head.
Obligatory photograph at JoG

Then the weather really crapped out for our cycle to Dunnet Head. The head wind was horrendous and we ended up getting there about 8pm.

We just got the tent up before the rain really came down. We were shattered and ate ready meals in the tent before a broken nights sleep because of the wind.

The cottage pie was quite tasty…

Anyway a summary of todays route…

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