Dark skies over Loch of Skaill mainland Orkney Scotland SCO 5671
Contributor:David Gowans / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5620 x 3733 px | 47.6 x 31.6 cm | 18.7 x 12.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:22 December 2009
Location:Loch of Skaill Mainland Orkney Highland Scotland
Close to Skara Brae, this loch is exclusively for OTFA anglers. It holds some of the largest trout to be found on the mainland of Orkney. The name 'skaill' comes from the Old Norse, meaning 'hall' and the area has been settled for thousands of years - indeed part of the house occupies the site of a Norse burial ground. Built c.1620 for Bishop George Graham, most likely on the site of an earlier hall, Skaill House is not grand, but the treeless environment with lawns which merge into the surrounding pasture, create a dramatic situation. It has been extended from the original two-storey block and courtyard and now forms a rambling complex of buildings. A chapel, doo'cot and walled garden were added in 1770. The chapel was demolished in 1806, but the house was extended again in the 1880s. The structure was greatly altered in the 1950s and now profile of crow-stepped end-gables connected by screen-walls.