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Orkney Door Handle - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Orkney door handle

In Orkney wood rots and metal rusts. Door handles fall off. A piece of twine through a hole though? A piece of …

Baggage Check-In - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

One day all airports should be like this

Baggage check-in on Westray is not an arduous affair. Having said that, the flight to Papa Westray takes just two minutes, so ten minutes before your flight is still completely out of proportion.

Westray Regatta - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lugs, Skiffs and Yoles

I’m surrounded by lugs, skiffs and yoles. There are even bugs and centre-board allcomers. I’m at the Westray Regatta. I recognise what …

The bit in-between - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The bit in-between

Winter days on Westray are very much like the short flight between Westray and Papa Westray. The flight is the shortest scheduled …

The top 10 reasons you shouldn't visit Westray - from theHALLofEINAR.com

The top 10 reasons you shouldn’t visit Westray

Friends and relatives often ask me whether Westray is a good place to visit and my answer is always very clear. “No,” I say. “I wouldn’t recommend it.” Here then are my top ten reasons why you should never visit Westray.

Red telephone box - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Westray phone box

Westray still has several relics of a bygone era; red telephone boxes. There are weeds growing inside some of them as they …

Baby Butler Sink - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Baby Butler

The Hall of my house used to be a school and the entrance to it has the places for lots of small …

Droplets on the bench - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Wet bench

Wednesday night is fish and chips night at Jacks Chippy at Pierowall Fish. That’s a source of great excitement to me. I’ve …

Westray Industrial Show 2016 - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Westray Industrial Show 2016

I love the Westray Industrial Show with a strange and rather bizarre passion. There’s something deeply appealing about the vegetable competition, the …

You must be joking - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

A flavour of the times

Every visit to Westray brings the same anticipation for me; which flavour of Yeo Valley yoghurt will the shop have to the exclusion of all others?

The cafe on Orkney Ferries - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Ritual and Tradition

Food is a subject of much ritual and tradition, no more so than when I’m on Westray. There’s coffee and cake at …

Raiders of the lost Aak - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Raiders of the lost Aak

Guillemots are known as Aaks in Orkney. This Aak egg has been raided from the cliffs at Noup Head and eaten.

Noltland Castle - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Magnificent battlements, gunloops and ravens

Noltland Castle is a ruin that was never finished built by a paranoid man who placed defensive positions everywhere; it has walls 7 feet thick and 71 gunloops to shoot at attackers.

Danger - Vertical Cliffs - photograph copyright David Bailey (not the) 2016

Danger

You have to watch out for those vertical cliffs on Westray. They’re far more dangerous than horizontal cliffs.

Sand-between-the-toes

Sand-between-the-toes

When the sun shines on Grobust beach, it’s time to do what AA Milne described and get sand between the toes. When …