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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.

Snuffle, oink, scratch

Snuffle, oink, scratch

The pig needs a scratch so bicycles are stopped, bristles are rumpled. What a fine looking pig.

Lambing

Lambing

Lambing is a wonderful time; quivering tails and wobbly legs are always a pleasure at this time of year. Cycling past the …

Turnips like melons

Turnips like melons

Living on a small island gives people a different mentality. Living on Westray ranks somewhere between living on the main islands of …

Malc tends to the pigs

Under the weather

With this kind of treatment, Malcolm’s Steenyha’ pigs will never be under the weather, whether it rains or shines.

Nine and a half pigs

Nine and a half pigs

A quick trip down the road to see Mr Pig today where Molly has produced 10 piglets, or nine and a half …