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Knowe o' Skea - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Westray from the Knowe o’ Skea

I love the walk from Mae Sands to the Knowe o’ Skea. It’s a magical place, where currents meet, the sea boils and where an Iron Age burial ground gives views out towards the island of Rousay.

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 …

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

Evening Puffin

A Puffin at the Castle o’ Burrian as the low evening sunlight streams through the grey clouds.

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.

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

Alive

The fact that I’m alive is so incredibly unlikely. To be here now, to witness the Earth turning around the Sun, is a privilege.

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 …

Fulmar at sunset - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fulmar at sunset

The sun is already half-way down past the horizon when this Fulmar flies past, lit up with glorious low golden light.

Sunset over Einar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Westray Sunsets

Tonight we chased the sunset over Westray. First there was a walk along the Bay of Tafts. Then a view of high …

Sunset on the Ferry

Catching the late ferry

It’s Sunday so it’s the late ferry from Kirkwall to Westray tonight. It’ll be dark when we get there. I walk on …

Messages from the sun - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Messages from the sun

It’s sunset on Westray and the sun is sending me burning orange messages, It is speaking to me. It is writing messages …

Sun

Sun

I’ve seen the sun rise, orange and luminous over the ocean from my bedroom window and now it’s time for me to …

Watching the world turn

Watching the world turn

There’s just time to wander down to Taftend on my bike to watch the sun set behind Fitty Hill.

Sunset over Grobust

Sunset over Grobust #2

Grobust is a place I could (and do) go back to again and again. Being up before dawn and going to bed …

Sunset over Grobust

Sunset over Grobust #4

For a grey, windy, desolate place of long winter nights Westray really knows how to do spectacular natural sights.

Fitty Hill

Orange Glow

The side of Fitty Hill is bathed in the orange glow of sunset as I reach the summit at 169m.

Thistle

Thistles

Thistles sprout in the rough grass on the dunes as the sun sets.

Hair on the Wire

Hair on the Wire

Sunset in the garden at Einar silhouettes the hair of the cattle rubbed onto the barbed wire in the fields.

Sunset over Tafts

Sunset Over Tafts

Spectacular days and spectacular nights, with a breathtaking sunset inbetween. The days have taken on a eerie stillness and the seemingly everpresent wind drops in a strange lull. Wading birds call to one another as the light fades to crimson standing in the Bay of Tafts.

Golden Fish

Golden Fish

The sun sets over Pierowall Bay as the goldfish at No. 1 Broughton swims.