Friday, 16 October 2015


Very nice day sail from the Kirkwall to Wick.  Wind and Current were favorable most of the way.

Wick is a small town with a historic harbor.  It was the center of the herring fishery for many decades.  At one time you could walk across the harbor on the fishing boats.  The old castle outside of town and the fishing museum are both worth visits, as is the unique ocean "swimming pool".

Barrels of herring ready for shipping.

Drying the sails.

Herring fleet in harbor.

Old Viking castle.

Trinkie natural salt water swimming pool.

The pool fills at high tide the rock warms the water.

View from the cliffs.

Old lifeboat house built by R L Stevenson's family.

Cannon used as signal and fog "horn".

Art on the Malacon.

Another day sail takes us to Cromarty, a tiny community on a large natural harbor.  The harbor is used to build and repair offshore oil platforms.  We picked up one of the free mooring buoys and enjoyed a quiet night.

WWII defenses at entrance to harbor.

The village sits on a spit of land.

The main industry is obvious.

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