Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 12480 pictures and 23771 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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Circle of Stenness. OrkneyBryttania open air gigWorkings in Broad StreetFoubister's Shop 30 Albert St. KirkwallBring DeepsBryttania before the band’s first gigKGS signageKGS Maths stairsPicnic bench on GraemsayOld 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 LingroCricketersThistle FC cup winnersBoxing club Boxing club in Orkney?Orkney Herald staffFormer bus station, 19 February 2021Rear of Stonepark 1981
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Ploughing medal of Andrew LeslieShoot The PiperLegion Band at Lyness?The Brough of BirsayInter-county darts teamFishermanShooting creels on Polaris K122 KGS lockersNew PictureSt Ola Hotel 1905 or 1906Gravestone of George FoulisHorse and Cattle Shew