By Brad Crouch
Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Updated: December 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm
Sitting atop Scotland like the crown of Great Britain, the archipelago of Orkney clearly takes its place in the world seriously.
And so it should – this group of islands has a rich history of Vikings and Picts, with evidence of human habitation dating back 8000 years. In fact, at Skara Brae, a storm washed away a sand dune in 1850 revealing 8 stone huts dating to around 3000BC.
The archipelago’s mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar point to rituals from more than 5000 years ago, while wind and wave renewables generate more energy than Orkney uses.
Its massive harbour, Scapa Flow, was also headquarters for the British fleet in both world wars.
So, what’s the best way to take in all this incredible history?
That’s where Columbus comes in.