Once I found out we were going to Scotland on our British Isles cruise with Princess, I instantly became excited. Rob and I both have always loved the photos of Paul and Linda McCartney in Scotland from the 60s. The thick sweaters, undone hair, the pure bliss they were able to find there in Kintyre has always inspired us. The rolling hills and fields of green have always looked so relaxing, so when the ship ported in Kirkwall, we hoped to find a little hint of that same feeling. Granted, Kirkwall and Kintyre are almost 350 miles from each other, but I was feeling inspired as those photos always touched me on an emotional level for some reason.
The air was crisp and we had a few layers on, but stayed warm with the sun shining through the gusts of wind that came our way. We walked through the little city of Kirkwall, stopped to take a snap at Orkney Castle and then continued to walk more into town. We stopped almost every three houses to admire the gardens and landscaping. It seemed like everyone took so much pride in their homes and gardens. We walked a little further uphill and came across fields of sheep basking in the sun overlooking the city and the water where the ship was docked. We must have been in that one spot for at least an hour. It was pure bliss seeing the sheep play and my heart was so happy. The peacefulness completely drew us in…there’s no other way to describe it.
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