23 August 2016

A busy day in Stromness for children, parents and teachers as the first day of the 2016/17 school year brings the eight-week-long summer holidays to an end. The county’s agricultural shows are all over, and the main archaeological fieldwork season comes to a close this week. Down the road at the Ness of Brodgar excavations, the covers are starting to go back over the Neolithic remains, as the site gets put to bed for another year.

The tourist season is starting to wind down too. A few more ships will visit Kirkwall until the end of September, but today sees the last cruise ship calling into Stromness for this season as the Clio calls by en route from Aberdeen to Stornaway.


The nights are drawing in, and across Orkney children and adults alike are settling back into their normal routine. Autumn is nearly upon us.


Sunrise                  05.52                   Moonrise           22.37

Sunset                   20.38                   Moonset             00.44


High tide       01.03 (3.72m)            Low tide         07.11 (0.59m)

High tide       13.43 (3.30m)             Low tide         19.23 (0.90m)


Waning gibbous moon


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