"Standing at the bottom, you feel almost physically assaulted by the relentless power of the angry turquoise sea as it crashes in at you, onto rocks speckled by bright-yellow lichen."
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"Perched high up on an eroding cliff that will no-doubt dash the entire structure into the sea before too many more decades pass, this modestly sized dry-stone structure has stood watch over this dramatic landscape for perhaps close to 3,000 years"
"Walk up close to any of Orkney’s standing stones, the exposed walls of Skara Brae, or even one of the many recently built stone walls that keep the cattle penned in on one of Orkney’s modern farms, and you’ll notice an abundance (and likely a variety) of lichen."
"Much of what remains is a sprawling collection of ruins made low by time and by nearly 2,000 years of locals using the stone blocks for their own purposes. But it's still a grand sight to behold, set off by a backdrop of some of stunning scenery."
"This secluded area was the central point of Christianity in the Hebrides from the 10th to the 16th century. Before that, it was probably a significant Pictish site."
"Now the only occupants are the sheep, oblivious remnants of the agricultural and societal shift that brought about the town's demise."