QUOTE(linda.ff @ Mar 13 2012, 11:16 PM)
Got my holiday booked
- at a time I can manage and a price we can afford - though we will have to keep searching to find cheap enough travel to get there.
Going to Orkney. Don't want to drive there (not from Cambridge! though we'll probably hire a car in Kirkwall) and OH can't travel long distances by coach for the same reason he can't fly - too prone to DVTs. So it has to be a train. As we're staying in St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay, there's a nice ferry from Gills near Thurso, but the timing means that we have to get on the train the day before and sleep on it.
Still, I have a little over four months to grab a bargain ticket.
(I've been to Orkney before, on my own, and started a cold as soon as I got there. I remember I was absolutely gagging to go to Skara Brae, and when I got there it was a grey miserable day amd I was feeling lousy, and I felt - nothing. So I'll have another chance. I was also told last time that I'd missed the puffins by about two weeks)
Orkney must be a wonderful place to spend time in. The train jorney through Scotland is also spectacular.
I spent a few days on Iona during March about twenty years ago. The population of the island at that time of year is about 65, (most of them Monks), and nothing was ever locked. The nearest light polution was from Oban, which is about 50 miles away and on the other side of a range of mountains, so the night sky was just amazing.
I just wish we could switch off the street lights around here. Perhaps then we could enjoy the Aurora Borealis without the constant sea of orange.