Last week we had to travel up to the Orkney Islands (off the North Scottish coast) for the Oh! Bearded One's Aunts' funeral.
Tarring the roof of the hut she owned on Rousay
She was 10 days shy of her 91st birthday when she died so her life had been long and active. She was my Mother-in-Law's sister, so like us she was born in Sheffield but her connection with Orkney was a long one. She had first lived up there as a Vicar's wife in the 1960s/70s based in Kirkwall, then she returned in the 90's after her husband died, living in the hut they owned on Rousay. She had to move away again due to ill health so she could be near one of her daughters (she had 2 daughters and 2 sons) then she moved back again with her daughter 4 years ago. It gave her a new lease of life as she was so happy to be back.
We left Cheshire last Wednesday and drove to Edinburgh to see our son, we also stayed over in Edinburgh. We left there on Thursday morning at 07.30 and drove up to John O'Groats, to catch the ferry to St Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay, which where Aunty and her daughter live.
The ferry - MV Pentalina
We stayed for 2 nights with the Vicar & his wife in the manse of St Margaret's Hope church
St. Margaret's Hope - South Ronaldsay
Aunty's funeral service was held in the church where her husband had been Vicar, in Kirkwall
After the funeral we all travelled to Tingwall to catch the ferry over to Rousay where she was to be buried.
The Rousay ferry
She is buried in a lovely graveyard overlooking a small loch on the island. One of her sons also lives on Rousay so the grave will be tended.
After the wake and we had caught the ferry back to the mainland we had a drive around a small portion of the island and then stopped in Kirkwall to look at the poppies installation which was installed to commemorate the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
The poppies were a small part of the display that was at the Tower of London in 2014
We left Orkney on the 07.45 ferry on Saturday morning and drove down country past Loch Ness to the Corriegour Lodge hotel on the side of Loch Lochy.
The hotel was lovely with stunning views.
Once we left the hotel on Sunday morning we carried on south, driving through Glen Coe and on to Loch Lommond
We arrived back in Cheshire about 5.30pm on Sunday evening.