On Friday 21st-Sunday 22nd Feb the Kirkhill Scouts went on a weekend trip to Orkney. First, they drove down to Wick where they caught a ferry that rocked and rolled over to the islands!
Thankfully, they were staying in a scout hall and not outside in the windy weather! There, they met the 2nd Orkney Scout Troop, who wanted to swap neckies with them. Kirkhill Scout Troup, in fact, is said to be the only Scout Troop in the world to have a tartan neckie. After, they set up camp in the hall and got some sleep.
As requested, they were woken up with some rock music, and the girls were first to be up and dancing! Later on, they visited the St. Magnus Cathedral and got a tour of the history there. And remarkably, the bones of St. Magnus were found hidden in one of the pillars just 100 years ago, and are still there, very well preserved, today!
After they crossed the road and went to a museum all about historic Orkney. They found some interesting things, including whale-bone containers, stone tools, and antler combes!
Then they visited The Ring Of Brodgar and nearly got blown away! They got out of the minibus and straight away hats were escaping and people were falling over!
After a short trip in the minibus, they arrived at Skara Brae and visited an actual stone age families house! There were only two beds and the houses were said to hold 8-12 people! They also had a big fire pit in the middle and water tanks to hold things like fish or lobsters. Another main feature was a big shelf that people think they used to put prized possessions or sometimes jewellery on.
After another night in the hall they woke up early and went to the Italian Chapel. It was quite interesting and had very delicately done paintings. Later they stopped at the side of the road and looked out at the sea where they observed the Churchill barriers. Everybody was in awe. Then they rushed back for some lunch and off to St.Magnus Cathedral again for a church service. They sang songs and listened to readings from the bible. They also said a few prayers and then packed their stuff into the minibus and set off for home. The ferry ride back was equally choppy but they made it to the other side. Then it was a 3 hour drive back, but since they had to stop for the toilet and get, quite literally, a crate-full of fish and chips, they ended up getting back at 10 o’clock at night!
Overall, congratulations to Kirsty, Anna, Faith, Hayley, Cameron, Iain, Tom, and Lauchie.
Written by Faith