Summers and Winters in the Orkneys

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byDaniel Gorrie

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1868 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. Wick Bay--Noss Head Lighthouse--Sea-View of the Caithness and Orkney Shores--String Sound--Kirkwall from the Bay--Quaint Streets--Aspects of Social Life, Old and New--Character and Habits of the Burghers--Pastimes--Battle of the Ball--Lammas Fair. HERE is a pleasurable excitement, more keenly felt by sea than by land, in gradu ally approaching for the first time some remote region of the country, which, though vaguely imaged in the mind, is still unfamiliar in the main features of its scenery. This feeling I fully realised when, bound for the terra incognita of Orkney in the Northern mail-steamer, the long rugged lines of the Caithness cliffs and the dark-blue peaks of the Morven mountains hove into view in the light of a May morning. On the previous day there might be much to attract the eye when we steamed along the coast, passing the lonely Bell Rock and the ruins of Dunottar; but my interest in the scenery continued to increase with our northward progress, and novelty lent a charm to the wild picturesqueness of Wick Bay. The capital of Caithness is not enriched, like the capital of Orkney, with the ruins of antique palaces, but she can boast of rock ramparts, colossal arches, and solitary sea-pillars more imposing than the grandest fabrics reared by human hands. On leaving Wick, her last port of call on the. Scottish mainland, the steamer holds on her course to the far North, running close along the Caithness shores. Awe, not unmingled with admiration, is excited by the huge buckler-like promontory of Noss Head. The lighthouse tower on its summit is a structure of great strength and solidity, and the mechanism that regulates the far-flashing lights is of the most exquisite description. Standing within the red-stained globes, and looking out...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1868 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. Wick Bay--Noss Head Lighthouse--Sea-View of the Caithness and Orkney Shores--String Sound--Kirkwall from the Bay--Qu...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217564585

ISBN - 13:9780217564588

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