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   A cottage on Mainland, the most populated island of the Scottish archipelago (group of islands) of Orkney. For over five centures Orkney was part of Norway, not joining Scotland until the fifteenth century. Consequently the Orkney Islands have a Norse rather than a Gaelic flavour, with historic links to the Faroes, Iceland, and Norway.

   You’d never believe it from looking at a map, but the Orkney Islands are green, fertile, and populous; with more than 19,000 cheery citizens who speak with a distinct lilting, sing-song accent. Their are endless summer days (locals say The Orcadian can be read outdoors at midnight) and long winter nights; but they’re warmed by the Atlantic and western winds and January temperatures are actually quite similar to the coast of Sussex. (4-6 C or around 40 F)

  (Georgia Ghezzi on flickr)