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We have had a cancellation in our caravan on the farm.  1st August for 11 nights.

East Mainland Show 5th August

Shapinsay Show 8th August

Dounby Show 10th August

County Show 12th August

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We have just finished renovating Newbigging Cottage and are now taking bookings for the summer.  It is a one bedroom cottage with an open plan lounge/kitchen area and a metal action sofa bed, the bathroom is a wet room with large walk in shower.  Ideal "get away from it all" place to stay where you are surrounded by wild life.  Rabbits, hares, curlews, oyster catchers and the occasional hen harrier, heron or owl are common visitors.  Central location for seeing the archaeological sites, RSPB reserves, bird watching, fishing and walking.  Beautiful views over the West Mainland.  It is 3 miles from Dounby, 18 miles from Kirkwall and 9 miles from Stromness.  

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Sunday 5th February and I took a walk down to our farm turbine to check that it was still secure after all the winter gales.  Our pup Ollie loves to run free in the fields at this time of year when there are no cattle out. I took a look down the water course which runs down from the hill and through the farm down to the Loch of Isbister and could not believe my eyes when I saw Marsh Marigolds flowering.  They are not usually seen until April/ May.   I decided to get a photo and ended up in the ditch with pup following and a welly boot full of water!   We have snwodrops, crocuses and miniature daffodils out so spring is definatley round the corner. The cows are calving and the farmer is out fencing. Perhaps we should not get too excited as there will still be many storms and snow to come!

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November has been a lovely month of many dry days with clear blue skies, unusual for this time of year I admit!  We have had a few frosty mornings but it has been quite mild.  Having a new puppy has meant I have been outside at various times of day from early morning to last thing at night.  We have had some beautiful clear skies to enjoy the stars and planets.  The experienced photographers have been getting some nice photos of the Northern Lights but I have not seen them this winter yet.  They are seen through the camera much more often than we see them with the naked eye.  We have enjoyed many bonnie Sunday afternoons at the beach with Ollie our Cocker Spaniel pup.  He loves running along the sand and exploring the rock pools, the waves washing up to his feet and meeting other dogs.  Everything is so new and exciting for a pup!  The first time he landed in a rock pool he just stopped in shock as he realised his paws were cold and wet!  The foam being washed up by the waves is another source of interest as he chases it up and down the beach.  Then there are all the gulls and plethora of little birds to watch.  So many new and intriguing things to explore........

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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.