"Peedie" means little in Orkney dialect. Compared to Orkney's better-known sites, our peedie adventures have an intimate and undiscovered feeling.
The places we'll show you are perfect if you want to explore Orkney in a deeper way.
Thoughtful visitors are sometimes disappointed when they arrive at the Stones of Stenness, the Italian Chapel or other must-see sites only to find them swarming with tour buses.
The good news is, that's not likely to happen with our favorite peedie places. You might come across a few dreamy-looking souls wandering about with preoccupied smiles. But rarely will you see anything like a crowd.
The Ring of Brodgar on a summer's day.
Tom and I have brought some visiting friends to the standing stones. Tom is telling us what it was like to dig with a team of archaeologists in the ditch that surrounds the Ring.
Tom tells us a folk story that goes with these stones - the one about dancing giants.
Drawn by the stories, others pause to listen.
... a couple comes strolling past. They stop and look around. One gives a shrug. Then they snap a few selfies and make a beeline for the road.
They do not look back at the 5,000-year-old sacred space they’ll probably never see again. Their voices ricochet around the stones as they walk away.
thought they'd be bigger," says one.
The other answers hopefully: "Oh, well. We'll be doing Orkney tomorrow."
You got the feeling they were expecting a neolithic theme park - Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble popping from behind stones to pose for photos.
No. Orkney is not that kind of place.
These lesser-known places can help you get to know the real Orkney. Yes, they take a bit more effort to find. But there are advantages.
The best way to experience the Orkney Islands is at a leisurely pace, with a margin of time left around the edges for savoring discoveries.
There are so many rich nooks and crannies to explore. I think that's why so many people return to Orkney again and again - you just don't want to rush through the wonder.
If your travel style is reflective rather than box-ticking, the peedie adventures you'll find below might be just the thing.
Have a great adventure!
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!