In 2017 I had a wild idea; I was going to walk the entire coast of the Orkney island of Westray in …
My adventures on the fifth of five days walking the entire coast of Westray.
My adventures on the four-and-a-half-th of five days walking the entire coast of Westray.
My adventures on the fourth of five days walking the entire coast of Westray.
My adventures on the third of five days walking the entire coast of Westray.
My adventures on the second of five days walking the entire coast of Westray.
My adventures on the first of five days walking the entire coast of Westray.
It’s ten years since I took this photograph of cattle on Westray in the field next to Einar: Curiosity Cow The cattle …
Arriving at Einar, the cattle are always keen to see what’s happening. They approach me with tentative noses:
Westray is a farming and fishing island, with wildlife largely confined to the edges and margins. It is a very productive island with green fields and very healthy-looking cattle.
Here’s a curious wet nose:
The sheep on Westray are hardy beasts. Here’s one with a white face doing what a sheep does best; chew:
Westray is full of Neolithic, Iron Age and Bronze Age middens; rubbish dumps full of wonderful finds. If you live an a …
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.
They always say you can judge a man by the quality of his shoes. You can also identify the type of an …
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…
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.
Visiting Westray as a tourist, one thing must strike you; You’re on holiday on someone’s farm. There are beautiful beef steers everywhere. …
“What’s going on?”
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 Bull. All I need now is the vodka.
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? That’s strange. I didn’t see any politicians on the way here.