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Stronsay looks beautiful and green from the air. Strjónsey: Old Norse for “Good fishing and farming island”

North Gaulton Castle - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

North Gaulton Castle

North Gaulton Castle is an amazing rock stack – especially from the air. It was used as a car advert in 1994: …

Rackwick Burn, Hoy - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Rackwick Burn

Rackwick Burn sounds like an unfortunate little rash but is actually the name of a small stream on the Orkney Island of …

The Old Man of Hoy

The Old Man of Hoy

The reason most climbers come to Orkney is The Old Man of Hoy. In fact he isn’t a very old man at …


Flying over Flotta

I was amazed to find out that anyone lives on Flotta. I thought the entire Island had been evacuated to build one …



Will is my oldest friend, and by that I don’t mean that I’ve known him the longest; but that is also true. …

A Raven circles

A Raven circles

A Raven circles over Marwick Head looking for carrion. I’m not carrion yet, not while I still have a pulse to make …

Lamb Holm

Light Aircraft

I didn’t realise until today that the best way to see the Orkney Islands is by light aircraft. Lamb Holm is a …

Fraser Anderson - Orkney Handcrafted Furniture - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Handcrafted Orkney chairs

I’ve always loved the work of Orkney craftsman Fraser Anderson. I had a beautiful ‘creepie’, an Orkney milking stool, made by him for many years, but I’ve never had the chance to visit his workshop. It was a stroke of luck when I saw the sign for his Orkney Handcrafted Furniture when driving past late one afternoon and realised he would still be open. Thankfully, he was and proved as charming as his craftwork.

Palace Stores, Birsay - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Palace Stores

The shop in Birsay, Palace Stores, was a source of great relief today. The Orkney Ice Cream was delicious (I recommend Raspberry), …

Weeping Window

Mobilisation by Shame

Looking at the mass of poppies outside St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, it’s hard to comprehend the sheer scale of the death and destruction.

Weeping Window

Weeping Window

I prefer the story “The fabulously wealthy rob us of our rightful taxes and expect us to be grateful to them when they abuse shell charities to fund their own self-indulgent and self-aggrandising projects.” That’s not how the story of Lady Susie Sainsbury’s benevolence gets told.

Rusting Metal Buoy

Rusty metal buoy

I love beachcombing so I was delighted to find this metal buoy rusting on a beach; A beautiful find.

Wild Rose

I sent my love two roses…

I’ve always loved wild roses. The cultivated varieties rarely do anything for me, especially in garage forecourts, but wild roses are something …

Malc and Sal

Malc and Sal

Westray Connections 2015 has a taster session at the Westray Heritage Centre and as I hoof it outside to catch the Kirkwall …

Hay Turner

Hay Turner

It’s a long way from Papa Westray to a large landfill site or recycling centre so if it’s large, heavy or rusting …

Weighed Down

Sharing a bench

On Papa Westray the wind knows how to blow. That means that anything that’s not tied down or cemented-in will eventually take …

Knap of Howar

A 5,600 year old picnic venue

The island of Papa Westray is just off Westray, part of the Orkney Islands just off the north-east coast of Scotland, part …

Holland Farm Papa Westray


Today there’s time to visit Holland. No, not the province of the Netherlands, but Holland the farm on Papa Westray. It’s a …

The Trouble With Lichen

Trouble with lichen

Today there’s time to relax after a weekend of photography with a trip to Papa Westray. If you think that Westray is …