After leaving the small isolated Fair Isle, we made our way southward to the Orkney Islands. Weather forecasts warned about a strong wind developing during the night and through the day. Our Captain made the decision to anchor for the night off the capital of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall.

This morning, looking out from the comfort of the Caledonian Star dining room, we could see that the wind was extreme. The bridge reported that all of the harbors were closed and ship traffic was curtailed until the weather improved. So our day was spent relaxing onboard and learning about the history and natural history of Scotland from the ship's staff. By evening the wind was starting to calm and weather reports are encouraging for the next few days.