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Lake Orcadie

Mud cracks, mud cracks everywhere! - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mud cracks, mud cracks everywhere!

Orkney is full of stone which shows fossilised wave patterns and mud cracks. Orkney’s geological history has been a complex one involving …

Tree ring cobbles - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Tree-ring cobbles

On Westray the traces of Lake Orcadie are everywhere. 380 million years ago this land we now call Westray was in the …

Making waves at the Brough of Birsay - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)
Making waves at the Brough of Birsay - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)
Making waves at the Brough of Birsay - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Making waves at the Brough of Birsay

The Brough of Birsay on mainland Orkney was a Viking stronghold 1,000 years ago. 380 million years before that it was a huge inland lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Here are the fossilised ripples to prove it.

Lake Orcadie

Rocks from Lake Orcadie

I love the rocks on Orkney. The whole area of Greenland, Shetland, Orkney and down to the Moray Firth was once a …

Westray Flag

Westray Flag

Despite the wind the Westray flag resolutely refuses to flutter in the breeze. The people of Westray didn’t choose it but they …