Kitcheners Memorial

We have had a lot of wind and rain this winter but the last few days have been bright and frosty.  The days are lengthening and our cows are calving so we are hopeful that spring is on the way. The bookings are flowing in so it is time to sit down and plan your holidays. Orkney is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year but the spring and summer are the most popular times to visit.  The wild flowers are amazing and the wildlife is spectacular.  This photo was taken on 4th June when the sea pinks are in full bloom at Marwick Head in Birsay in the West Mainland of Orkney.  You can also see Kitchener's Memorial.   

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We have had severe gales this weekend with spectacular seas.  This photo was taken at Skaill beach this morning, 30th November 2015, which is adjacent to Skara Brae.  The real power and strength of the seas can not be captured properly on camera.  It really has to be seen to be believed.  

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I was so touched by the entry left in Kringla 1 visitor book this week.  Three lovely ladies from Malaysia were visiting Scotland for the first time and stopped off in Orkney for a few days.  They were extremely lucky with the weather as it was probably nicer than what we had in the summer this year!  They visited as many of the sites as time allowed, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Yesnaby and even managed a trip to see the Old Man of Hoy.  They left this beautiful sketch in our visitor book with the following text:

"After a long day of site seeing, driving back to Kringla apartments feels like coming home.  With it's cheerful decor and more amenities than one needs while travelling, our stay in Orkney has truly been wonderful."

I then found a letter with three lovely origami turtles sitting upon it.  The letter explained that the turtle symbolises long life and they wish Kringla long life.  It really makes it all worthwhile when you get such wonderful feedback.  Thank you ladies. x

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Newbigging Orkney Self Catering

A tasteful cottage located in peaceful farmland with spectacular views. Only 3 miles from local amenities and many of the historical sites are within a 15 minute drive.