Arriving off the Aberdeen ferry at nearly midnight gives me a quandary. Is it worth paying a small fortune for a few hours in a Kirkwall hotel? Or shall I just sleep in my car?
This is what makes up my mind:
The Bay is lovely a few minutes before dawn. And since I’m already in my clothes all I have to do is lace up my walking boots and I’m off for a walk.
The intensity of the colour rises with the sun.
Then an Oystercatcher flutters across the Peedie Sea.