Returned the car and got the bus to the other side of the mainland – all of 40 mins or thereabouts!! It was windy (very) and rainy but not cold. I was glad not to have allowed more time for Stromness – nothing to it but a very small strip! The town closed at 5pm so I strung out two bitters & soda and a meal for three hours at a local pub until the ferry waiting room opened and I boarded the Hamnavoe 1 1/2 hours later!
Nothing in Stromness is a bit of an exaggeration – it has a fine Art Gallery, an over-priced museum, and a local library where the librarian has to know all the community info as well. I am so glad I don’t work in a Public Library!!
My cabin was good and it had the best bed so far – both mattress and pillows – could have slept there much longer but got up early to see the rock formation Old Man of Hoy as we sailed past. It was just visible through the low clouds, mist and fog!! I did see, too, the humps and fins of a couple of dolphins so that was lovely.
The bus trip from Scrabster (the ferry port) to Inverness was fine but stressful for the driver. His first time and he kept checking his cheat sheet for fares and next stops. not helping was that for the first half of the 3 1/2 hour trip visibility was 100m or less. Grim!