The first glimpse of Kirkwall

The ferry from Westray to Orkney takes over an hour to make the journey to the Mainland of Orkney.

It’s easy for the visitor to get confused about places when talking to locals. ‘The Village’ means Pierowall. ‘The Island’ means Westray. ‘The Mainland’ doesn’t mean mainland Britain at all but the mainland of Orkney. Everywhere else is referred to as ‘South’. I’ve never heard the words Scotland or England mentioned once here. It’s always ‘South’ as in “He’s South working” or “She’s gone to university South”.

The first glimpse of Kirkwall - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Previous Post
Waving goodbye to Westray - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Watching Westray fade into the distance

The Earl Thorfinn is a smooth ferry ride today and sails easily over the still waters between Westray and Mainland Orkney. I watch ... Read more

Next Post
Balfour Castle - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

The Islands of Orkney

Orkney is a plural. It's acceptable to say 'the Islands of Orkney'. It's fine to say 'Orkney'. Saying 'the Orkney Islands' won't raise ... Read more

Feel free to leave a Reply :)