Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 12460 pictures and 23698 comments on the site for you to browse through. Images can be viewed by YEAR, by ALBUM, by GROUP, or by CONTRIBUTOR, or you can use the simple SEARCH at the top of this page.
Please note! Orkneycommunities is not in the position to authorise use of these pictures on other sites or in other publications. Any such use should only be with the agreement of the contributor and/or copyright holder! And... I'm sure you can understand why anonymous comments are unlikely to be published.
Handy hints If you want to check up on new additions, use the Additions link above to see what's been added recently. Or use the 16/10, 32/20 etc. option to expand all the boxes below- it isn't just for the comments. You can now upload your own images directly using the form further down the page. It's dead easy, just hit the 'Browse' button and find the picture on your own computer that you wish to upload, then hit 'Upload' to send it. Note that when you are asked for the year the picture was taken it HAS to be a four digit number like 1965 and NOT something like 1960ish. If you are unsure of the date just give it your best guess. If you are timed out when uploading you might need to reduce the sizes of the pictures. If you have any problems just contact us at contact@orkneycommunities.co.uk
When viewing the pictures, PLEASE leave your own comments using the form at the foot of each page. You might know a face, a date or a story about the photo. In this way we will continue to build an extensive collection of information, reminiscences and anecdotes about Orkney that is easily accessible to everyone. Orkneycommunities.co.uk was part funded by Orkney Enterprise and LEADER+, and now is a wholly self-sustaining community enterprise.
Latest Picture
The Crop at Burray Pier

"The Crop" This picture was taken from our Guesthouse window in Burray 1978. I have others but it may be sometime before I locate them!

12460 pictures | 23698 comments
The Crop at Burray Pier
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Margaret Rendall and friendsKirkwall RegattaThe basin post dredging, summer 1985Hatston SlipKirkwall Basin being dredgedKirkwall Basin in need of dredgingMV IslanderEnhanced version of Victoria Street, KirkwallColour version of Stromness Looking EastScapa BayChurchill BarriersKirkwall Town Hall May 1961Kirkwall Broad Street - May 1961The Torvhaug, 2006, 16/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 15/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 14/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 13/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 12/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 11/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 10/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 9/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 8/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 7/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 6/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 5/16Torvhaug, 2006, 4/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 3/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 2/16The Torvhaug, 2006, 1/16Early Skara BraeEarly photo of Skara BraeSkara Brae taking shapeItalian Chapel 1950sKirkwall Harbour in 1950s. 6 of 6Kirkwall Harbour in 1950s. 5 of 6Kirkwall Harbour in 1950s. 4 of 6Kirkwall Harbour in the 1950s 3 0f 6Kirkwall Harbour in 1950s 2 of 6Kirkwall Harbour in the 1950s 1 of 6Mystery groupJohn Keldie custodian at CathedralDennis Keldie in diving suitRognvald Keldie working in the harvest at LingroCricketersThistle FC cup winnersBoxing club Boxing club in Orkney?Orkney Herald staff
Latest Comments
Front row extreme right the late Mike Cursiter who...My family left Egilsay in 1979 and we all went to ...Hi I have come across a tin in the shape of a drum...Hi Meta was my mum’s friend in Stromness back in...Found this same photo in Orkney Herald, and Weekly...My descendants came from Findochty in Scotland whe...The photo is March 1952, of the wedding of my fath...Was George Stuart Minister at the church?My Grandfather, Alexander Gilmour is front row rig...Hi Dorothy, I believe we are related. Your brother...Does anyone know their names please?A great picture, and the way I remember Quoybanks....I think the year is 1979? I was there as an air tr...Alex Vesco - I just found your comment. Thanks for...We bought her from Hugh and Jill circa 1974/5 and ...We bought Pertelote from Hugh Birley around 1975 i...My father and his family emigrated from Findochty,...No crash barrier back then.Looks very like Sidney Taylor so could be a brothe...Lovely photo. Definitely Skail House in Strathnaver. I stayed th...Hughie Yorston flew with my uncle Jackie Nunn in t...Difficult not to call you sir when the last time w...Ian Scott from North RonaldsayHi Bill, just checking to see whether you received...Possibly House 5, looking ENE, with House 4 behind...I wonder if this is as early as 1910 given the lac...Looks like egg cases being loaded onboard with the...Looking for another picture, I came across this on...You missed my father Stuart Harcus next to Dennis....
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Johnston family from Graemsay or Hoy?Shopping Week?Inganess and wreckwarshipAnother Stromness football teamSwona awash with fogBright StonesCity lightsWaiting for baFlett & Sons LorryRoyal visitors, Stromness 1960Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 1959