Over the past few weeks I’ve been busy working on my second novel, Lughnasa which is set in Orkney. These are a few of the places that I’ve been writing about recently.
I stayed in Stromness last year and really fell in love with the place. When I was planning Lughnasa I knew that one of my characters would have to live there.
Saint Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is Britain’s most northerly cathedral. It has some beautiful modern stained glass windows.
And these remarkable gravestones that line the walls of the cathedral.
This is the view from the Brough of Birsay which is a small island which can be reached on foot via a causeway at low tide. There are ruins of a Norse settlement on the island and a lighthouse.
I took this photograph from the Stones of Stenness. One of the problems of writing about Orkney (and there are quite a few as I live 500 miles away in Yorkshire) is that it’s so beautiful that I can’t find words to describe it. I’m pretty sure I could never do justice to this sunset.