So mrs b & I are taking my dad to Orkney for nine days in September. Flying in, as it would cost almost as much to drive/ferry anyway, and then hiring a car. We have a plan, which is to basically to see as much neolithic stuff as possible. Handily we are staying just by the Standing Stones Hotel, so will have an actual view of Stenness, and so Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar, and a few others are in easy walking distance. Obviously, we will also be hitting Skara Brae, and the Tombs of the Eagles, the Beagles and the Otters, as well as the Brochs of Birsay and Gurness. Quite how my 84 year old dad will do at crawling into some of the tombs, I don't know, but he'll cope. No doubt they'll be a day in Kirkwall and Stromness as well, and will call in on the Italian Chapel on the way to Eagles. And they'll be a trip to Hoy (dad always wanted to climb the Old Man, bit late now) so we can go see the Dwarfie Stone and maybe Longhope. Considering the likely weather, that will probably be enough, but we do want to make a northern isle. It is tempting to try for Papa Westray, and not only so we can go on the worlds shortest scheduled flight, but Rousay looks easier. Any other recommendations? Bits of advice, or recommended books, places to drink?