They have done with the north coast and they have crossed the wild sea to the Orkneys. Wonderful weather has favored them so far; and George is in better health and spirits.
He is going in a Government vessel to inspect the lighthouses on the North of Scotland, and on the Orkney and Shetland Islands--and, having noticed how worn and ill my poor boy looks, he most kindly invites George to be his guest on the voyage.
The 'Guide to Scotland' says the coast is rugged; and there is a wild sea between the north shore and the Orkney Islands.
With this resolution I traversed the northern highlands and fixed on one of the remotest of the Orkneys
as the scene of my labours.
He went to the Gallapagos, a horrid dry place on the Equator, where he was nearly baked to death; he went to the Georgia Islands, the Orkneys
, Emerald Island, Little Nightingale Island, Gough's Island, Bouvet's Island, the Crossets, and even to a little speck of an island south of the Cape of Good Hope.
This, at such an hour of the night, surprised me greatly; but I was too ignorant to draw the true conclusion -- that we were going north-about round Scotland, and were now on the high sea between the Orkney
and Shetland Islands, having avoided the dangerous currents of the Pentland Firth.
On the 15th of March we were in the latitude of New Shetland and South Orkney
. The Captain told me that formerly numerous tribes of seals inhabited them; but that English and American whalers, in their rage for destruction, massacred both old and young; thus, where there was once life and animation, they had left silence and death.
Mr Mackie said: "Connectivity has been a longstanding issue for locals, businesses travellers and tourists wishing to travel from the central belt to Caithness or the Orkneys
LAST week, I went back to the Orkneys
after a period of 15 years - and what changes there have been!
, thrust into the national spotlight recently after Big Brother was won by teetotal local boy Cameron Stout, were just ahead of the Shetlands.
The letter read: "I received a letter from a gentleman in Kirkwall, in the Orkneys
, of the name Custer.