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    Posted August 9, 2014 by
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    Bonny Scotland

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    Skara Brae

    Touring Scotland for this first time this May I was struck by the varied grandeur of this incredible country. Enormous mountains of the highlands pouring "Tears of the Giants," sweeping peat bogs, emerald fields with sheep and highland coos, lush gardens and snow-capped peaks, I fell in love with this country on the spot.

    A ferry ride to Orkney Island introduced me to a truly ancient part of Scotland. Orkney Island has a strong Viking heritage and is home to an abundance of archeological wonders.

    Skara Brae is the most intact Neolithic village in Europe. The site was discovered by the landowner in 1850 after a massive storm caused the earth to collapse, revealing the structures underneath. Today, Skara Brae is a World Heritage Site as part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

    Standing beside these ancient structures, overlooking the North Sea, buffeted by powerful winds, was a truly humbling experience.
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