Away from the madding crowd!
Orkney is increasingly recognised as an outstanding destination of natural beauty with idyllic scenery and a peace-loving rural community. This year a total of 125 cruise liner visits will bring tens of thousands of one day tourists.
Thousands of stay-for-the-day tourists can radically change the character of many sites of interests and mask the characteristic old world charm of such places as Kirkwall town centre.
By contrast. here is the welcome committee of local residents on South Ronaldsay, happy to greet you and introduce you to their idyllic rural haven that is, away from the madding crowds.
Here is a picture of a most welcome boat that brings stay-for-a-while guests. it is the slick-in-the-water catamaran ferry the 'Pentalina' arriving at the quaint village of St Margaret's Hope, the picturesque gateway to Orkney.
Wake up in South Ronaldsay and enjoy Orkney at its rural best!
"This church had 134 years of weddings, blessings and Sunday school; it must be Inculcated with love, the walls must exude happiness and joy." Keiko Yamaga-White November 2007