Hurtiso, Holm, Orkney
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Hurtiso, Holm, Orkney

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The view from this corner of the road looks down over the WWII camp at East Breckan and out over the Churchill Barriers. Barriers one, two and three can be seen from here linking thee islands off Lamb Holm, Glimps Holm and Burray.

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