This is a good time of day to take a break, and an ideal place, with tea and coffee coming round and a range of fresh local produce on the tables. There’s a 10-minute story as well at around 3.30 pm. Today Sarah Jane Gibbon has stories of island journeys made by her grandmother, the writer Bessie Skea (‘Countrywoman’). The Peedie Kirk team will top up your cup so that you can sit back and enjoy the story – it’s all included in the admission price of £8.
The headlands in front shaded out from brown and green into dark blue, culminating in the clear blue of Hoy with the Old Man standing boldly; along the horizon reached the nebulous shape of the Scottish coastline, and far to the west lay a golden streak between sea and sky. Several fishing-boats were out; the sea was still, except for a slow slight swell sighing against the craigs, occasionally breaking hollowly into caves. – Bessie Skea, Island Journeys