Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall

The Orkney Museum is located in Tankerness House, diagonally across the road from St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney.

Orkney Museum

Armorial cartouche above the arched entranceway into the museum:-

Orkney Museum Armorial Cartouche

We would perhaps have gone in later in the day but the rain prompted us to go earlier than we would have. Just as well. The museum is stuffed full of great exhibits from Orkney’s long history. We spent a long time inside perusing them all. Fascinating stuff.

This quaint old building in the museum garden is known as Groatie Hoose and is decorated with seashells (or groatie buckies.) At the time there was a party in from a tour ship and I couldn’t avoid getting some of them in the shot.

Groatie Hoose in Orkney Museum Garden

This, from the images page on Google, is a better view:-

Groatie Hoose, Orkney Museum garden

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