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Westray Landscape

the landscape of Westray

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

Sea splash

Grobust is one of my favourite beaches on Westray. At one end are rocks which act as a roosting place for gulls …

Noup Head Lighthouse - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lighthouse shadows

I had an enjoyable time flying a drone this summer. I only set it up a few times, as I had to …

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

Fields like corduroy

I love the hay and silage fields on Westray. From above they look just like corduroy, with their parallel cords of cut …

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

Grobust

Grobust is one of my favourite beaches on Westray. Can you see the bodyboarders with their bright boards? I love the slightly …

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

A flying visit

Our friend is coming out to Westray for a visit today. He’s flying his light aircraft over from the Orkney Mainland. I …

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

The Bay of Tafts

The Bay of Tafts is not quite, but almost, my nearest beach. It’s a five minute cycle ride away, although the time …

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

Not-so-cool bag

We’re out for the sunset and choose a beach with a view. There’s cloud and sunshine and the most beautiful atmosphere to …

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

Slip

It’s hard to see that cliffs are dangerous from the top of them. Seeing the Island from the sea gives a completely …

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

Sunset over Tafts

One of my favourite photographs from Orkney is Sunset over Tafts. It sums up the surprising drama of a landscape, which is …

Westray - The Hall of Einar

The pool

There’s a rock pool fed with fresh water fram a tiny waterfall on the west coast of Westray. I love how green …

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

Atlantic Wave

I love walking the west coast of Westray. On a beautiful day there’s no place like it. I’ve been enjoying getting to …

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

Sunset and the whale

When you can see the horizon, on days when you can spin and see the sea and the clouds surrounding you, there’s …

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

Ravens and rocks

The west coast of Westray has some of the best walking in the islands. There are fossilised remains of ripples on the …

Sunset Westray - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

Sunset over the waves

It’s sunset on Westray and I’ve abandoned the car on the grass and marched off to the sea. It’s magnificent in this …

Spray - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

Splash!

The seas are magical here. There are exhilarating waves at the Knowe o’ Skea. Out on the skerries, the wary Shags gather, …

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

The Fulmars of Backarass

We’re walking down past Backarass on Westray. It’s a special landscape of shattered rocks and still pools: The weather is fabulous and …

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

The Orkney Ram

The three rams at Backarass are in a huddle. They are all fine, big boys but not quite yet of Derby Ram …

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

In salutem omnium

Noup Head lighthouse is a major feature of the coast of Westray. Planned in 1895, it was announced in Parliament because, “Her …