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Greylag Geese - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Greylag Geese

Greylag Geese are all over Westray at the moment because the farmers have created the perfect habitat for them: acres and acres of fresh green grass. It must be like waking up and seeing delicious breakfast as far as your eyes can see.

Curious Steers - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Curious Beef Steers

They always say you can judge a man by the quality of his shoes. You can also identify the type of an …

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

Guess the Yoghurt Flavour

Over the past decade on Westray one thing has struck me very forcefully: the ability of the shops to stock a single flavour of yoghurt in curious and slightly obsessive depth…

Risso's Dolphins - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Never a dull day

The weather on Westray may be dull, but there’s never a dull day on Westray.

A white blanket of cloud shrouds the island but life continues as normal for the incredible menagerie which inhabits the shores of Westray.

The Eyes Have It - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The eyes have it

Visiting Westray as a tourist, one thing must strike you; You’re on holiday on someone’s farm. There are beautiful beef steers everywhere. …

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.

Sangar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Blown away by a windmill

I was completely blown away by Sangar Mill. It’s incredible that’s it’s survived so intact, with the windmill mechanism still visible and …

Beware of Bull - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Beware of Bull

Beware of Bull? That’s strange. I didn’t see any politicians on the way here.

The Kelp Store, Papa Westray

The Kelp Store

One of Orkney’s most important exports used to be the ash from Kelp, the seaweed which is regularly washed ashore by storms …

Holland Farm

Holland Farmstead

Wandering on Papa Westray it’s impossible to miss Holland Farm. It’s a hugely impressive steading which once owned the island of Papa …

Free Range Eggs Sold Here - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Free Range Eggs Sold Here

Cycling past the turning to the Bay of Swartmill I spot this great sign on a disembodied fridge door. Inside the intact …

Intelligent Sheep

Intelligent Sheep

I’m wandering up to the cliffs at Noup Head to take some photographs of the Gannets. I decide not to when I …

Aparagus

Eggs on the doorstep

I arrive back from a day out exploring and there are freshly laid eggs on the doorstep from my kind Island friend. …

Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops

I stop my bike on the main road and see three lambs. They look delicious.

Prizewinning vegetables
Prizewinning vegetables
Prizewinning vegetables

Prizewinning vegetables

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. – A. A. Milne

Field

No prizes

…for guessing in which field the horses have been grazing.