Today I was travelling back to John O'Groats, and had a helping hand from Chris to pack and get ready.
I cycled back through Kirkwall where I was to use the last part of my sight-seeing ticket to see the Bishops and Earl's Palaces. The Bishop's Palace is a 12th Century hall-house, later much altered with a round tower built by Bishop Reid in 1541-1548. The notorious Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney, built the adjacent Earl's Palace between 1600 and 1607. The attendants had all gone for lunch so I let myself in to have a good look round.
I take the 5:15pm ferry from Bradwick, camp at the campsite and end up at the Caber-Feidh Guest House for a couple of ciders in the evening.