We were about to turn back thinking we had missed our turning when we noticed the sign to the Tomb of the Eagles- ‘That’s it’ cried one of the party and we finally found ourselves at Skerries Bistro at the southern-most tip of South Ronaldsay, Orkney.
And wow wasn’t it worth it?
The site is magnificent with fulmers, gulls and skuas wheeling around this cliff top restaurant which had only recently moved into new premises. Previously food had been served in the conservatory of a nearby farmhouse. This new building, all glass and stunning views, reminded me of some of the best sights and sites in New Zealand – and the food was good too.
We all had seafood platters (£14.50) which came with excellent home made rolls. Locally caught crab and home smoked fish were exceptional. A bottle of decent white wine starts at £15. There is a £50 per head tasting menu served in the circular pod on the clifftop by the restaurant.
Carole and Hamish Howatt who own the bistro are passionate about seasonal and locally sourced food and that is reflected in the menu. Crab and lobster are from the nearby harbour and fish is smoked by the owners themselves. Meat eaters are catered for as well and the lasagna made with Orkney beef almost tempted the meat eaters among our party.
This is my second visit to Orkney and it continues to delight: the endless open vistas – there are very few trees – the changing colours of land and sea and the ever present sense of ancient history make it a very special place.
KW17 2 RW
Open daily till 26 October 2014, 1100 -1700 and then 1800 -2200. Closed Tuesday evenings.