Beginning in Stromness, the journey was an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the island of Hoy, with RSPB staff on hand to help with seabird ID, a cetacean spotter on the bridge (sadly, her skills were not called upon) and a member of the crew pointing out geological, historical and nautical features en route.
And there was a buffet (of which we partook) and free tasters of whisky and gin (of which we didn't) (at least, this 'we' didn't, I can't speak for Our Lass).
As the forecast was uncertain about the potential for precipitation, I didn't take my camera along. Neither did I wish to join in the jostling for a good position at the hand rail, so I stood back from the action and generally waved my phone in the vague direction of the scenery. The following photos have had their horizons re-aligned to somewhere near horizontal!
|The stretch of cliffs along St John's Head towards the Old Man of Hoy|
|St John's Head, one of the highest vertical sea cliffs in Britain|
|The Old Man of Hoy|
|Candle of the Sneuk (on the right)|
|Sea cliffs on the approach to The Berry|
|Looking across Graemsay towards the Hoy hills|