And you surely empathize with the concerns of some Orkney residents about
inviting folk to travel into Orkney at this time of Covid-19.
You should know this: many local people I've spoken to are actually pretty stressed out about visitors coming to Orkney during a pandemic.
You won't hear about it on Trip Advisor or from other tourism sources, but the nervousness - and even fear - is there for many.
Sadly, I feel that I have to add this information here for your consideration as you plan, as the folks who have concerns about promoting tourism during a pandemic seem to be unrepresented elsewhere.
Please be aware of the legitimate concerns that many residents have, and be sensitive. The coronavirus world is a strange and unpredicatable landscape for all of us.
So to help you plan your trip carefully and avoid disappointment, I've curated a list of coronavirus travel in Orkney resources for you to consult.
Wishing you well.
The Covid-19 Orkney travel information I've linked to below will help you to manage the sometimes rapidly-changing transport procedures and schedules, both in getting to Orkney and in getting around within Orkney.
You'll also be armed to keep on top of any coronavirus travel in Orkney updates that may occur.
Be aware that some Orkney businesses and sites will simply not open in 2020, such as Maeshowe and the Bishop's and Earl's Palaces in Kirkwall. Others will be limited.
Many public toilets cannot be reopened due to the stringent cleaning measures now required. All this may impact the quality of your visit.
Please remember that wearing a mask is required in shops, on public transport and other public indoor spaces, and all ferry travel must be booked by phone well in advance of travel.
In spite of all the weirdness, we hope you enjoy your visit to Orkney if you do come. We know you'll keep the safety and comfort of our island community the focus of everything you do.
And if you decide that your visit to Orkney can wait until next year ... well, that might be even better.
Mermaid image (Rhonda's pages) and storyteller image (Tom's pages), and all other illustrations except where noted are here by the courtesy of our dear friend - Stromness author, artist and historian, Bryce Wilson MBE, who owns all copyrights. Thanks, Bryce!