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Westray Landscape, Page 6

the landscape of Westray

The deserted village

The deserted village

Cycling to the Westside of Westray I can see the Netherhouse in silhouette. A series of dwellings built up the hill, the …

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.

Fitty Hill

Climbing Fitty Hill

A miserable grey day of rain and more rain. The Met. Office say it will clear later. What do they know? I’d …

Knowe o' Skea

The Knowe o’ Skea

Looking out from the Knowe o’ Skea Iron age burial ground across the skerries towards Rousay in the distance.

Making Hay

Making Hay

Yesterday was a wonderful sunny day so farmers were busy cutting the grass to make hay whilst flocks of gulls followed. The …

Noup Head Panorama

Noup Head Panorama

Noup Head is my destination by bicycle today, as it was yesterday. The crushed stone path is so rough that my bicycle …

Making Hay

Making Hay

I’m so used to massive industrial barrel-shaped hay bales in Devon that it’s a pleasure to see some hay bales in old-fashioned …

Sails of Sangar

The Sails of Sangar

Evidence of Westray’s long-established drive to harness the energy of the wind is seen in this ancient sail-less windmill at Sangar (Old …

Fitty Hill

Sun on the Sea

I’m standing at the top of our small field taking in the magnificent view. From here there’s a 360 degree view of …

Panorama

Afternoon turns to Evening

Afternoon turns to evening as the world turns. I’m in the field at the back of Einar with a phone which has …

Cattle Panorama

Cattle Panorama

A landscape full of beautiful inquisitive cattle.  Wandering along the beach at Aikerness.

Cracked Earth

Cracked Earth

The Lochs at Aikerness are empty, dry and dusty. There has been no proper rain for weeks.

Knowe o' Skea

The Knowe o’ Skea

Looking out across the Knowe o’ Skea where an important Iron Age burial site gives tantalising clues about the culture of our ancestors.

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.