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Orkney Landmarks

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Orkney has many famous landmarks. The most famous must be The Ring of Brodgar which I have painted many times over the years and at all times of the year. In June/July the Ring is surrounded by dandelions and other wildflowers and later in September, the heather blooms in wonderful colours of purple and pinks. Orkney's sunsets can be spectacular too and Brodgar makes for a great setting with the dark silhouette's of the stones against the luminous sky. In wintertime, if we have snow, the landscape changes again and the colours become more muted. 

Another famous Orkney landmark has to be St Magnus Cathedral, built around 1130 during Viking times, the red sandstone changes colour constantly with the light and the building itself stands proud above the Kirkwall skyline. 

If you visit Orkney you will notice the many wartime landmarks such as The Italian Chapel and The Churchill barriers, both were built by the Italian prisoners of war in WW2. There are many gun turrets placed around the coastline, they provided protection against German submarines and aircraft attacks. Although these buildings are not ancient like our neolithic monuments, they are still an important part of Orkney's heritage. Also  perched above the coast at Marwick head is Kitcheners memorial, built in memorial of Lord Kitchener who was lost along with most of his crew in a shipwreck off the coast during WW1.

On the island of Hoy stands The Old Man of Hoy, a large seastack near Rackwick bay. If you arrive in Orkney via Stromness by boat, you will pass The Old Man or you can walk to it from Rackwick. Folklore tells us that The Old Man was a giant turned to stone!

Dr John Rae's birthplace at the Hall of Clestrain sits on the Stenness coastline opposite the town of Stromness. He is one of Orkney's most famous people and is buried in St Magnus Cathedral churchyard, there is also a memorial to him inside the cathedral and a recent statue of him stands at the pier front in Stromness. John Rae discovered The Northwest passage in Canada and the fate of the John Franklin voyage to the arctic. He was never properly recognised by the Admirality at the time and still by some but here in Orkney we are very proud of his place in history and there are plans to renovate his birth home to its formal glory in his honour. Jane's original painting  A Tribute to Dr John Rae the arctic explorer – www.janeglue.com can be seen in Stromness museum. 

I hope you enjoy this collection and maybe get a chance to personally visit Orkney's Landmarks!

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