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Brough of Birsay is an uninhabited island off the north west coast of the main Orkney island. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway and is accessible only at low tide. I'd looked up the tides but when we arrived we discovered that they were wrong so this photo was taken on maximum zoom from the mainland.
The reason for visiting the island was to look at the remains of Pictish and Norse settlements. The Norse settlement was built of top of the Pictish one. Back in the 12th century Birsay was the centre of power for the then Norwegian rulers of the island which Gert referred to in a comment. Norway gifted the islands to the King of Scotland who took a Norwegian Princess for a bride.
Somewhere in those remains is an ancient church possibly that round building.

Now in response to Paul's question about places to eat in the Orkneys. We didn't see lots of cafes and restaurants but that wasn't an issue for us because we always try to stay in self-catering places. We did find a couple of places with reasonable coffee. For self catering the capital Kirkwell has a good Tesco supermarket and Stromness (where we stayed) had a decent small one. For Whisky lovers there is also good Orkney distilled Whisky.

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