Westraak Photo Gallery

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Gallery Image 2017-05-22: Beautiful!
Thanks to our recent guests Peter and Heather King for this lovely photo of a gannet up at Noup Head.
Gallery Image 2017-05-22: Unusual visitor!
We caught a glimpse of a white billed diver off the pier at Pierowall.
Gallery Image 2017-04-17: New era for Westraak
Andy and Karen are the proud new owners of Westraak. We thank Graham and Kathy for all their hard work establishing Westraak and making it such an asset to Westray. They have been a tremendous help as we takeover and we wish them all the best for the future. We endeavour to keep up their good work and look forward to welcoming visitors to Westray and showing off this special place.
Gallery Image 2016-04-19: Terri-Ann and Magnus at Noltland Castle
This is the happy couple! Magnus proposed to Terri-Ann in Noltland Castle in April, 2016.
Gallery Image 2013-04-15: Puffin at Castle o Burrian 14th April, 2013
This was the day they came ashore - 14th April, 2013. I just had to snap this one!
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Westray Wife
The now famous Westray Wife, or Orkney Venus, discovered in the Noltland Links Neolithic Site by the EASE Archeology Team in 2009. She will be on show in the Westray Heritage Centre again this year.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Westray Wife
This is another shot of the Westray Wife, or Orkney Venus, showing, more clearly, the features of her face.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Neolithic Site
This is the remains of the house which contained cattle skulls within its walls. You can see these within the curved section to the left. The house is part of the complex of Neolithic buildings dating from 3000 BC and being excavated, again this year, by EASE Archaeology.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: The Scaun
The Scaun on a breezy day!
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Holm of Aikerness
The Holm of Aikerness is home to around 100 North Ronaldsay Sheep (Holmies). If you ever do take a Westraak Tour, you will see this tiny island and be amazed at how these sheep can possibly live there, with only seaweed as their daily food!
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Grey Seals
Selkies (Seals) on Grobust beach.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Earl Sigurd
This is one of Orkney Ferries boats which connect Westray and Kirkwall.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Razorbill
Some of the huge number of Razorbill which nest at Noup Head RSPB
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Arctic Tern
The Arctic Tern numbers made a part-recovery in 2010 and 2011, with several nesting at Noup Head RSPB
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Lady Kirk
The St Marys Church (Lady Kirk) with Pierowall Bay in the background.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Puffin
Another Puffin at Castle o' Burrian at around 2300!
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Puffins
The best Puffin viewing in Orkney is on Westray. Here are some Puffins at the Castle o' Burrian.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Quoygrew
The fascinating 10th century Viking site at Quoygrew
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Grey Seals
A big number of Selkies on the rocks below Noup Head Lighthouse.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Concert in Noltland Castle
This photo, although not too great in quality, is of a performance given by a Group called 'Pure Brass' in Noltland Castle's Hall, during the Orkney Music Festival week, 2011. We expect another event in the Castle in 2012.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Westside Cross Kirk
A different view of the 11th century Church of the Holy Cross on the Westside. This was the place of worship built by Halflidi Thorkelsson, who also had his home close to the Kirk.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Gannets
Some of the Gannets nesting at Noup Head RSPB. These numbers had increased again in 2011, to 650 breeding pairs, and, if you look closely, you will see some of the 350 chicks, successfully raised in 2011.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Mallymack
A Mallymack (Fulmar) incubating near Noup Head
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Rousay
This is a view from inside an natural arch on the West Craigs of Westray, looking over to Rousay.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Pipers on the Aalskere
Each year, for the past 4 years, we have had the great pleasure of Pipers and Drummers from the Borders, to assist in raising money for the RNLI. Usually, these guys get up to some mischief and, as you can see, 2011 was no exception!
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Regatta Day
Regatta Day is a major event in the Westray diary! Always a huge crowd, with entrants from all over Orkney and further afield.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Grobust
Grobust beach in August.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: The Scaun
A breezy day at The Scaun, Westray! Always a stunning spot, whatever the weather.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Holmies
These are some of the Holmies (North Ronaldsay Sheep)which have been taken off the Holm of Aikerness for fattening on grass.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Holmie Clipping!
John busy clipping one of about 40 Holmies (North Ronaldsay Sheep)from the Holm of Aikerness.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Gill Pier, Westray
Winter sunrise over Gill Pier, Westray
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Lady Kirk, Pierowall
Beautiful sunrise beyond the Lady Kirk, Pierowall
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Noup Head
This and the next photo are alternative views of Noup Head and Lighthouse.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Noup Head Lighthouse
This is a different view of Noup Head and the Stevenson-built Lighthouse
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Gentleman's Cave
This is the Gentleman's Cave Westray from the sea. The place where a number of Jacobite supporting Lairds took refuge after the Battle of Culloden.
Gallery Image 2012-02-05: Bronze Age House at Noltland Links
This is one of several Bronze Age dwellings on the Noltland Links Archaeological Site being excavated by the EASE Team. Closeby is where the Westray Wife was discovered in 2009.
Gallery Image 2011-10-19: Eileen's Otter
This wonderful photo has been given to me by Eileen and John Banks, regular Visitors to Orkney. The Otter was spotted near the Westside Cross Kirk on 29th June, 2011. These lovely private animals are not easy to spot, so when you do, it's a great moment! Great photo Eileen!
Gallery Image 2011-03-06: Noup Head
Another view of Noup Head and the Lighthouse on 3rd March, 2011.
Gallery Image 2011-03-06: Northoose
Northoose, or North House, on the way to Noup Head, looking east towards Papay.
Gallery Image 2011-03-06: Noup Head
Noup Head on 3rd March, 2011. A stunning afternoon. Lots of Mallymacks (Fulmars) already taking up residence in their favourite nesting positions. Lots of Razorbill on the water and around 20 Gannets here already.
Gallery Image 2011-03-06: Noltland Castle
On a beautiful early Spring afternoon - Thursday, 3rd March, 2011 - Noiltland Castle against a clear sky.
Gallery Image 2011-03-06: Westray Kye
Some of Noltland Farm's kye with Grobust in the background.
Gallery Image 2011-03-06: Grobust
Taken from the west side of Grobust with, in the background, the Aikerness Craigs.
Gallery Image 2010-12-01: Noup Head
Noup Head and the Lighthouse on Saturday, 27th November, 2010.
Gallery Image 2010-12-01: Loganair at Westray Airfield
The last flight into and out of Westray, on Saturday, 27th November, 2010, before the snow cancelled the service for a few days.
Gallery Image 2010-03-22: Shags
Shags on the clifftop at the Scaun in early March
Gallery Image 2010-03-22: The Scaun
Just managed to get this image of a small rainbow at the Scaun.
Gallery Image 2010-02-12: Noup Head RSPB
More views of Guillemot on the Noup cliffs on 12th February, 2011.
Gallery Image 2010-02-12: Noup Head RSPB
Quite unusual this early in the year - thousands of Guillemot both on the water and on the cliff ledges on 12th February, 2010
Gallery Image 2009-08-06: Canadian 40ft Canoe - Spirit Dancer
On Regatta Day, the 4 Pipe Band members were invited aboard the Spirit Dancer at Gill Pier, for a quick sail whilst piping and drumming! A great sight and 'one-off' experience for everyone.
Gallery Image 2009-08-06: Westray Regatta Day
My Sister, Karen , her two Sons, Adam and Euan and Piper colleague, Tosh MacDonald, playing in support of the RNLI at Westray's Gill Pier on Regatta Day - 25th July, 2009
Gallery Image 2009-06-25: Sea Otter and Kittens
This is a very special photo courtesy of Berbera van den Hoek from the Netherlands. A very rare image of a Sea Otter and her two kittens near the Castle o' Burrian, Westray, on Saturday evening, the 20th June. Thank you Berbera.
Gallery Image 2009-06-18: Scaun
For Ann and Pete F
Gallery Image 2009-06-18: Scaun
For Ann and Pete F
Gallery Image 2009-06-18: Scaun
This and the previous 3 photos of the Scaun are for Ann and Pete F. Thank you for making Westray your special place.
Gallery Image 2009-05-19: Shags
Shags at the Scaun. Around 12 pairs nest here each year.
Gallery Image 2009-05-19: Scaun
Yet another shot of the Scaun, one of those unforgettable cliff scenes.
Gallery Image 2009-05-19: Puffins
Some of this year's Puffins at Castle o' Burrian. These guys are breeding really well despite the food problems affecting other birds which rely on sandeels.
Gallery Image 2009-05-19: Noltland Castle
Noltland Castle in April sunshine
Gallery Image 2009-04-13: Castle o' Burrian
My first viewing of the 2009 Puffins at Castle o' Burrian on 11th April.
Gallery Image 2009-03-21: Mallymack
My favourite bird. These guys will always glide over you and take a good look at you as you approach any of the sites where they are found. They have no aggression and are simply curious. I'm sure they also do this to show off!
Gallery Image 2009-03-21: The Scaun
Yet another view at the Scaun, may favourite all-time spot!
Gallery Image 2009-03-21: Mallymack
Again on 20th March, at the Scaun, a Mallymack (Proper name - Fulmar Petrel)having claimed it's nesting spot.
Gallery Image 2009-03-21: Shag
The Scaun is a favourite spot for Shag to nest and, as you can see, these guys are paired off and nest-building. You can clearly see their crests which are very prominent throughout the breeding season. This was on 2oth March 2009
Gallery Image 2009-03-21: The Scaun
On 20th March, 2009, one of the most beautiful days I can recall here, the Scaun stands magnificent.
Gallery Image 2009-03-21: Bis Geos
The Bis Geos Self-catering cottages during a Winter sunset
Gallery Image 2009-01-08: West Mainland from Noup Head, Westray
The breathtaking sunset over the West Mainland of Orkney, with the Hoy hills in the background. You can just make out the mountains of Scotland to the right of the Brough of Birsay.
Gallery Image 2009-01-08: West Mainland from Noup Head, Westray
One of many Fulmars seen at Noup Head on 2nd January, 2009, with a kindo nice sunset going on in the background.
Gallery Image 2008-11-07: Waxwings on Migration
A pair of Waxwings frantically feeding on berries on their passage south through Westray on 7th November, 2008.
Gallery Image 2008-10-05: Westray Regatta Daty
My Sister, Karen with her 2 boys, Adam and Euan and Tosh McDonald, who helped raise some money for RNLI during the Regatta Day entertainments.
Gallery Image 2008-10-05: Westray Regatta Day
My Sister, Karen and her 2 boys, Euan and Adam on Regatta Day
Gallery Image 2008-10-03: Noltland Castle
In late Winter snow - a rare event on Westray - 2 years ago.
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Rare snow at Noltland
Gallery Image 2008-10-03: Stooks
Black Oat Stooks with Pierowall Bay in the background - a rare sight these days.
Gallery Image 2008-10-03: Arctic Terns
A pair of Pickies at Roadmyre, Westray this Summer. A good number laid eggs here, but, sadly, deserted their nests before hatching.
Gallery Image 2008-10-03: Water Spout
Never seen anything like this before in my life and I wouldn't have expected to see this in Orkney! I had just pulled up at Noltland Castle with 1 Guest on board when we both saw this. My Guest was from the USA and calmly told me 'that is a water spout!'
Gallery Image 2007-12-08: The Scaun
Taken in early December, 2007, this was spectacular. A 'big' sea and no wind!
Gallery Image 2007-12-08: North Banks, Westray
Looking north below Jericho in Winter
Gallery Image 2007-12-08: Noup Head
Noup Head and Lighthouse from Grobust. December, 2007
Gallery Image 2007-12-08: Noltland Link Stone Age Building
First discovered in 1979 and re-excavated in Autumn 2007, this is one of a number of Stone Age builings discovered close to Bronze Age buildings.
Gallery Image 2007-12-08: Noltland Links Archaeological dig - Autumn 2007
This is a photo of 1 of several Bronze Age buildings which were excavated during Autumn 2007. Nearby are a number of Stone Age buildings, which were first discovered in 1979. More were dug in 2006.
Gallery Image 2007-04-01: Gannets at Noup 1st Apr 07
There were 650 pairs of Gannets nesting at Noup in 2011.
Gallery Image 2007-04-01: Guillemot 1st Apr, 07
Some of the thousands of Guillemot which have returned to the RSPB at Noup Head. There were several thousand on the water and the remainder on the cliff ledges.
Gallery Image 2007-04-01: Razorbill at Noup - 1st April 07
Razorbill at Noup Head RSPB on 1st April, 2007. Many hundreds of Razorbill have taken up their nesting positions.
Gallery Image 2007-04-01: Snow Bunting at Noup 1st Apr 07
One solitary Snow Bunting at Noup Head RSPB on 1st April, 2007. I have seen a Snow Bunting here in previous years, but not been able to photograph it.
Gallery Image 2007-04-01: Fulmars at Noup- 1st April 07
A pair of the many hundreds of Fulmars at Noup Head RSPB on 1st April, 2007.
Gallery Image 2007-03-10: The Scaun
The Scaun and Mallymacks.
Gallery Image 2006-07-18: Puffins
Puffins at Castle o' Burrian. These magnificent birds will return in mid-April, leaving in early August.
Gallery Image 2006-07-18: Mallymack
One of thousands of Mallymacks (Fulmars) on Westray's cliffs.
Gallery Image 2006-07-18: Primula
Primula Scotica or Scottish Primrose, which flowers at Aikerness each May and July.
Gallery Image 2006-07-18: Gannets
Some of our Gannet colony which is on the increase, with 650 nesting pairs in 2011.
Gallery Image 2006-02-20: Scaun Storm
Another view of the Scaun - this time durng a belter of a storm!
Gallery Image 2004-04-04: Cross Kirk
Westside Cross Kirk - General View

 

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