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30 September 2019
Westray

It was a fairly early start, leaving Stromness before 9am to catch boat at 9.40. We arrived in Westray about 11.15 and had a wee toilet stop before going anywhere. 

We took a slow run through to Pierowall, lunch was booked at the Pierowall for 12 noon so we just sauntered around for about 10 minutes until it was time to check in for dinner. We had pre-ordered so as soon as the drinks were ordered we were servied our starters, all of which went down a treat. They varied from deep fried cheese, soup and spicy tattie wedges with garlic dip. Main courses were equally appetising: fish and chips, scampi, lasagne, patties, chips and beans but I think the one that impressed most was the Westray Wifey Cheese with caramelised onion quiche. Very obviously free range eggs, the quiche was a beautiful deep yellow.  Desserts next, only one abstainer (she loves her soup)! Icecream, rhubarb sponge and custard, lemon tart – all were delicious. All this was followed by tea or coffee, which came with complimentary shortbread. We were there for about two hours, worth the trip out if that’s all we’d done!

After our delicious food we went a run to the local shops and bought some bits and bobs from those we went into. We then took a run up to the Wheelen Steen Gallery, always a lovely place to go a wander round. We went a run up to the airfield but there were no planes arriving while we were there. We headed back in the direction of Pierowall and went a run up to Noltland Castle and took in the view. It was a lovely, slightly cold and breezy, day. 

After that we headed back to wait for the boat to arrive. We had about half an hour to spare so I took the chance of dishing up some nibbles to keep everyone going until we got home.

We arrived back in Kirkwall on time and everyone was dropped off by about 8.30.  The end of a lovely day. Again, everyone seemed to enjoy their day very much.

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