This is #Stromness in #Orkney taken from Brinkie's Brae and looking out towards Scapa Flow and the island of Hoy.

The town is nestled safely between Brinkie's Brae and the sea. In Viking times the area was called Hamnavoe meaning 'safe harbour.'

This is another photo taken recently alongside a similar view taken by Tom Kent in 1906 which shows the fishing fleet leaving the harbour. Stromness was a busy port during the herring boom of the late 19th century. #PhotographicArchives

In 1814 Sir Walter Scott visited Orkney and ventured up Brinkie's Brae to meet the mystical Bessie Millie. Read his description of her below. The story she told him of Gow the pirate inspired his novel The Pirate and Bessie herself became Norna of the Fitful Head in the story.

Under Brinkie's Brae by Stromness author and poet George Mackay Brown was first published in 1979 and is a collection of his weekly columns written for local newspaper The Orcadian. His first such collection published in 1975 was called Letters from Hamnavoe.

Hamnavoe is also the title of one of George Mackay Brown's best known poems about the town where he was born and lived, between the sea and Brinkie's Brae.

You can see even more of #Stromness by watching this beautiful short video made by our friends @orkneycom. ūüėć

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