Sometimes you don’t see what’s around you until you look at it through a stranger’s eyes and this was certainly my experience when I started guiding at the world’s most northerly whisky distillery, Highland Park.
The part of the job I loved most was meeting people and the satisfaction of enhancing their experience of the distillery.
Then, the opportunity arose to work at Maeshowe within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney’s World Heritage Site guiding people back through 5,000 years of Orcadian history.
During my time at Maeshowe the highlight of my year was not as you might expect in the summer, but during the winter solstice.
I saw many winter sunsets during that time and enjoyed every one as if it were the first. It’s a fascinating sight watching the sun make its way along the wall of the passageway, cross the floor and shine on the back wall of the tomb, this magical event is quite breath-taking.