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

Rainbow waves

At the north end of Westray the Atlantic is unrestrained and waves crash into the coast making blowholes, sea caves and spectacular …

Barbed wire sunset - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Barbed wire sunset

It’s only a small climb to the top of the field at Einar, but the view is so rewarding at this time …

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

Damp

In Orkney, when it’s damper inside than it is out you have a problem.

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

This light

The wall at the top of Einar looks beautiful in this light.

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 …

Stormy sunset at Grobust - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Stormy sunset on Westray

Walking down to Grobust beach from the tiny car park I’m suddenly aware of how dramatic the sky has become. There’s such …

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.

All hail - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

All hail

It’s a beautiful blue sky; so blue we are tempted up to Noup Head along the rutted track and past the farm …

Einar and the Northern Lights - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Einar and the Northern Lights

There’s a fluorescent green ring encircling the Earth tonight made by charged particles from a solar wind. As if the milky way …

Rainbows at Noup Head - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Rain Bows

I shout into the wind that I can see rain heading over the sea towards us. I’m wrong; it’s hailstones.

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 …

On a clear day - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

On a clear day

On a clear day in Westray you can see the Mainland. No, not the mainland of Scotland, but Orkney Mainland.

When I first visited Westray I was amazed to see that everything was tied down. The wheelie bins; tied down. A static caravan; tied down. A trampoline; tied down, with a couple of helfy concrete blocks for good measure. When the wind blows here it blows to teach everyone a lesson.
I’m told that my friend who has the relatively high-sided box van no longer needs an inspection pit to view any problems with the axles or the exhaust. It has been laid on its side; by the wind. → 6 July, 2016

Love's Crashing Waves - photograph (c) David Bailey 2016

Love’s Crashing Waves

The sea spray at the Scaun on the northernmost coast of Westray is like tiny glistening jewels today.

On Westray I pray for a still day and then the midges appear and I give thanks for the blustery ones.

→ 14 June, 2015

Breezy

My dad says “I think it’s going to be breezy in Orkney today.” I say “I think it’s going to be Orkney.” …

Westray Sky - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Westray Sky

The clouds are as insubstantial as gossamer and float in ethereal whisps above the rugged rocks.