Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 12471 pictures and 23726 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 [email protected]
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.
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Picnic bench on Graemsay

Picnic bench on Graemsay - 4th September 2021.

12471 pictures | 23726 comments
Picnic bench on Graemsay
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Old Highland Park bottleScapa panoramaMystery Tom Kent pictureThe Crop at Burray PierDalkeith wedding with Sanday connectionsMargaret 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 Lingro
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I can’t see A block in this image, so this may b...My grandmother was born there I can remember her t...Thank you all for your comments. I think that I ha...I am Phyllis Maclachlan widow of Allan Maclachlan ...Arthur Finlayson was my late grandfather I was bor...The man in the white jumper is Arthur Finlayson, m...Bert Finlayson the pianist passed away this week. ...Jemima Sinclair, b. 28 November 1862, sailed from ...I met Hughie as a result of a dinner I was invited...Ed Goettlicher, What month did your father arrive ...This picture (I believe) was taken by myself in 19...My father Robert Göttlicher sailed from Germany t...Pat Sutherlands were the contractors for the pierI was on the Anna Salen arriving in Melbourne on t...Alexander Sutherland & SonsI also have an Old Orkney whisky bottle (10cl) emp...Dear Mike I was wondering if you have any informa...I am doing a family search for the Gredkowski fami...BEATRICE SIMPSON : I was at her incredible wedding...Hello. My name is Marie I am researching my family...Does anyone know who the contractor for this pier ...I served on the Aberthaw Fisher in the late 1960s,...Hi my dad,s 1st boat was the Salvida. He waz a you...Happy days Doll danceAnne Vickery when where you born in Feastown?Actually died on January 30th, registered on Febru...The Wanja was a Swedish vessel.That does look like him indeed Vera. I wonder if t...Front row extreme right the late Mike Cursiter who...My family left Egilsay in 1979 and we all went to ...
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Mr FarquharLow's railingsOld Sea WallTrampan blanketsKirkyard at BurwickKirkwall Arts TheatreNo respect, Jan 2008Coronation Day 1953An old postcard of Kirkwall from the CathedralRobert and Ann Mathieson's gravestonebirds in winters of 2001 & 2002Simpsons at Upper Setter, Hoy