Gallery 2007-12-08: Noltland Links Archaeological dig – Autumn 2007This 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. 2007-12-08: Noup HeadNoup Head and Lighthouse from Grobust. December, 2007 2013-04-15: Puffin at Castle o Burrian 14th April, 2013This was the day they came ashore – 14th April, 2013. I just had to snap this one! 2016-04-19: Terri-Ann and Magnus at Noltland CastleThis is the happy couple! Magnus proposed to Terri-Ann in Noltland Castle in April, 2016. 2017-05-22: Unusual visitor!We caught a glimpse of a white billed diver off the pier at Pierowall. 2017-05-22: Beautiful!Thanks to our recent guests Peter and Heather King for this lovely photo of a gannet up at Noup Head. 2009-01-08: West Mainland from Noup Head, WestrayThe 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. 2008-11-07: Waxwings on MigrationA pair of Waxwings frantically feeding on berries on their passage south through Westray on 7th November, 2008. 2009-01-08: West Mainland from Noup Head, WestrayOne of many Fulmars seen at Noup Head on 2nd January, 2009, with a kindo nice sunset going on in the background. 2009-06-18: ScaunThis and the previous 3 photos of the Scaun are for Ann and Pete F. Thank you for making Westray your special place. 2009-06-18: ScaunFor Ann and Pete F 2009-06-18: ScaunFor Ann and Pete F 2009-08-06: Westray Regatta DayMy 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 2009-08-06: Canadian 40ft Canoe – Spirit DancerOn 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. 2009-06-25: Sea Otter and KittensThis 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. 2009-05-19: PuffinsSome 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. 2009-05-19: Noltland Castle Noltland Castle in April sunshine 2009-05-19: ScaunYet another shot of the Scaun, one of those unforgettable cliff scenes. 2009-05-19: ShagsShags at the Scaun. Around 12 pairs nest here each year. 2010-02-12: Noup Head RSPBQuite unusual this early in the year – thousands of Guillemot both on the water and on the cliff ledges on 12th February, 2010 2010-02-12: Noup Head RSPBMore views of Guillemot on the Noup cliffs on 12th February, 2011. 2010-03-22: ShagsShags on the clifftop at the Scaun in early March 2010-03-22: The ScaunJust managed to get this image of a small rainbow at the Scaun. 2010-12-01: Loganair at Westray AirfieldThe last flight into and out of Westray, on Saturday, 27th November, 2010, before the snow cancelled the service for a few days. 2010-12-01: Noup HeadNoup Head and the Lighthouse on Saturday, 27th November, 2010. 2011-03-06: Westray KyeSome of Noltland Farm’s kye with Grobust in the background. 2011-03-06: GrobustTaken from the west side of Grobust with, in the background, the Aikerness Craigs. 2011-03-06: Noltland CastleOn a beautiful early Spring afternoon – Thursday, 3rd March, 2011 – Noiltland Castle against a clear sky. 2011-03-06: Noup HeadAnother view of Noup Head and the Lighthouse on 3rd March, 2011. 2011-03-06: Noup HeadNoup 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. 2011-03-06: NorthooseNorthoose, or North House, on the way to Noup Head, looking east towards Papay. 2011-10-19: Eileen’s OtterThis 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! 2012-02-05: Bronze Age House at Noltland LinksThis 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. 2012-02-05: Noup Head LighthouseThis is a different view of Noup Head and the Stevenson-built Lighthouse 2012-02-05: Gentleman’s CaveThis 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. 2012-02-05: Noup HeadThis and the next photo are alternative views of Noup Head and Lighthouse. 2012-02-05: Gill Pier, WestrayWinter sunrise over Gill Pier, Westray 2012-02-05: The ScaunA breezy day at The Scaun, Westray! Always a stunning spot, whatever the weather. 2012-02-05: Regatta DayRegatta Day is a major event in the Westray diary! Always a huge crowd, with entrants from all over Orkney and further afield. 2012-02-05: GannetsSome 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. 2012-02-05: Lady Kirk, PierowallBeautiful sunrise beyond the Lady Kirk, Pierowall 2012-02-05: HolmiesThese are some of the Holmies (North Ronaldsay Sheep)which have been taken off the Holm of Aikerness for fattening on grass. 2012-02-05: MallymackA Mallymack (Fulmar) incubating near Noup Head 2012-02-05: GrobustGrobust beach in August. 2012-02-05: Pipers on the AalskereEach 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! 2012-02-05: RousayThis is a view from inside an natural arch on the West Craigs of Westray, looking over to Rousay. 2012-02-05: Holmie Clipping!John busy clipping one of about 40 Holmies (North Ronaldsay Sheep)from the Holm of Aikerness. 2012-02-05: Westside Cross KirkA 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. 2012-02-05: Grey SealsA big number of Selkies on the rocks below Noup Head Lighthouse. 2012-02-05: Concert in Noltland CastleThis 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. 2012-02-05: QuoygrewThe fascinating 10th century Viking site at Quoygrew 2012-02-05: PuffinAnother Puffin at Castle o’ Burrian at around 2300! 2012-02-05: PuffinsThe best Puffin viewing in Orkney is on Westray. Here are some Puffins at the Castle o’ Burrian. 2012-02-05: Lady KirkThe St Marys Church (Lady Kirk) with Pierowall Bay in the background. 2012-02-05: RazorbillSome of the huge number of Razorbill which nest at Noup Head RSPB 2012-02-05: Arctic TernThe Arctic Tern numbers made a part-recovery in 2010 and 2011, with several nesting at Noup Head RSPB 2012-02-05: Earl SigurdThis is one of Orkney Ferries boats which connect Westray and Kirkwall. 2012-02-05: Grey SealsSelkies (Seals) on Grobust beach. 2012-02-05: Holm of AikernessThe 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! 2012-02-05: The ScaunThe Scaun on a breezy day! 2012-02-05: Neolithic SiteThis 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. 2012-02-05: Westray WifeThis is another shot of the Westray Wife, or Orkney Venus, showing, more clearly, the features of her face. 2012-02-05: Westray WifeThe 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. 2006-02-20: Scaun StormAnother view of the Scaun – this time durng a belter of a storm! 2006-07-18: GannetsSome of our Gannet colony which is on the increase, with 650 nesting pairs in 2011. 2006-07-18: PrimulaPrimula Scotica or Scottish Primrose, which flowers at Aikerness each May and July. 2004-04-04: Cross KirkWestside Cross Kirk – General View 2006-07-18: MallymackOne of thousands of Mallymacks (Fulmars) on Westray’s cliffs. 2006-07-18: PuffinsPuffins at Castle o’ Burrian. These magnificent birds will return in mid-April, leaving in early August. 2007-03-10: The ScaunThe Scaun and Mallymacks. 2008-10-03: Water SpoutNever 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!’ 2008-10-03: StooksBlack Oat Stooks with Pierowall Bay in the background – a rare sight these days. 2008-10-03: Noltland CastleIn late Winter snow – a rare event on Westray – 2 years ago. 2008-10-05: Westray Regatta DayMy Sister, Karen and her 2 boys, Euan and Adam on Regatta Day 2008-10-03:Rare snow at Noltland 2008-10-05: Westray Regatta DatyMy Sister, Karen with her 2 boys, Adam and Euan and Tosh McDonald, who helped raise some money for RNLI during the Regatta Day entertainments. 2008-10-03: Arctic TernsA pair of Pickies at Roadmyre, Westray this Summer. A good number laid eggs here, but, sadly, deserted their nests before hatching. 2009-03-21: The ScaunOn 20th March, 2009, one of the most beautiful days I can recall here, the Scaun stands magnificent. 2009-03-21: ShagThe 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 2009-03-21: MallymackMy 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! 2009-03-21: The ScaunYet another view at the Scaun, may favourite all-time spot! 2009-03-21: MallymackAgain on 20th March, at the Scaun, a Mallymack (Proper name – Fulmar Petrel)having claimed it’s nesting spot. 2009-03-21: Bis GeosThe Bis Geos Self-catering cottages during a Winter sunset 2009-04-13: Castle o’ BurrianMy first viewing of the 2009 Puffins at Castle o’ Burrian on 11th April. 2017-04-17: New era for WestraakAndy 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. 2007-04-01: Snow Bunting at Noup 1st Apr 07One 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. 2007-04-01: Guillemot 1st Apr, 07Some 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. 2007-04-01: Fulmars at Noup- 1st April 07A pair of the many hundreds of Fulmars at Noup Head RSPB on 1st April, 2007. 2007-04-01: Gannets at Noup 1st Apr 07There were 650 pairs of Gannets nesting at Noup in 2011. 2007-04-01: Razorbill at Noup – 1st April 07Razorbill at Noup Head RSPB on 1st April, 2007. Many hundreds of Razorbill have taken up their nesting positions. 2007-12-08: North Banks, WestrayLooking north below Jericho in Winter 2007-12-08: The ScaunTaken in early December, 2007, this was spectacular. A ‘big’ sea and no wind! 2007-12-08: Noltland Link Stone Age BuildingFirst 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.