Appiehouse, Stenness, Orkney
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Appiehouse, Stenness, Orkney

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This location is on private property but the owners don't mind people walking through. Scotland has no law of trespas so you are allowed to walk where you like so long as you do no damage (walking across the middle of a young crop can be considered damage and some farm animals can get jumpy with strangers in their field).

The long building in this picture was the stable in times gone by and the smaller building was the first tractor shed when mechanisation came in.

There are modern building nearby behind the stable but I deliberately chose a place to stand that hid them to give an abandoned feel to the picture.

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