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Aerial Photography

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

Flying shadows

A trip on a light aircraft gives a wonderful perspective of Orkney. Here there are cattle, sheep and our shadow.

Noup Farm - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Bay of Noup

The Bay of Noup looks to have beautiful sand on this rocky and rugged coastline.

The Grip of Cleaton - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Grip of Cleaton

The history of Westray is told in two small volumes. One is its telephone directory, with its handful of names, many of …

Holland Farm on Papa Westray - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Holland Farm from the air

Every time I visit Papa Westray I say “Next time I visit Papay I must have a look at all those beautiful …

St Peter's Kirk in Sandwick - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

18 inches of pew

St Peter’s Kirk in Sandwick on Orkney looks so beautiful in the low sunshine, standing quietly alone in its graveyard. It’s now …

Pierowall Bay - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Pierowall Bay

Just a glimpse at Pierowall from the air tells you all you need to know about why the Vikings held Pierowall in …

The Church of Scotland Kirk - (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

The Church of Scotland

From the air, the Church of Scotland Kirk looks just as imposing as it does when on the road below. I can …

Wheeling Steen Gallery, Westray, Orkney - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Wheeling Steen

It’s a thrill to fly over Westray and see everything from a completely new perspective. I recognise the Wheeling Steen gallery below.

On the edge - photograph (c) David Bailey 2016

On the edge

Just how close are these two 5,600 year old houses to being lost to the sea? It was a thrill to fly …

Safe Zephyrus


The Safe Zephyrus is a floating hotel in Orkney’s Scapa Flow. I wonder if i can find it on AirBnB? According to …

Flotta from the air

Is it just me?

Is it just me or does the Orkney island of Flotta look quite barren from the air?

North Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay

The island of North Ronaldsay is famous for its sheep who live on seaweed and are kept off the fields by dry …

Midhowe Broch from the air - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Midhowe Broch from the air

Midhowe Broch on the Orkney island of Rousay looks amazing as we fly above it. There are 4.5 metre wide walls which …



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 …