Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 12447 pictures and 23682 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.
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Enhanced version of Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Enhanced version of picture #28448

12447 pictures | 23682 comments
Enhanced version of Victoria Street, Kirkwall
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Colour 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 1981Elizabeth Harcus Smith and her motherKirkwall Harbour 5 of 5Kirkwall Harbour 4 of 5Kirkwall Harbour 3 of 5Kirkwall Harbour 2 of 5Kirkwall Harbour 1 of 5Mrs Flett, Mabel & Anna GrayTom Kent German Fleet with IdentifierKirbuster Farm?Stromness Academy 6th year ~1950/51Scapa Distillery staffOpening of new offices at Scapa DistilleryDundas Street Stromness1950 Ferguson TE20  tractor crossing the BarriersJames GroundwaterMrs Elizabeth CooperDounby Agricultural Show 1956 (6/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (5/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (4/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (3/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (2/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (1/6)
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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....I am Evelyn Kelday standing next to my cousin my c...Hello Bill, I'm wondering if you could get in touc...Indeed, it is James (Jim) Corsie in the parka jack...Do you know who the woman on the right might be?Still under offer now. I have made enquiries abo...I have a nice original of his work I would sell pl...Hi there,.. My name is Joe Deighton, but was born...It wasn't George Cowie's retirement. The opening c...Trawler Amber Queen wrecked 1972? Was the Crew los...I think these are whalers/sharkers from Norway.Looks like this is the location. The buildings are...I also am a decendent of Robert Moodie and Johanna...it was quite common for Scandinavian fishing boats...Who made the memorial. Cant find on the internetHi Where is Clive Miller now? My grandmother Christina Laird, born Stromness 188...I think he was born about 1900. I would guess tha...It was actually the Lyness Social Club so takings ...Fair good her sister the Doonie Braes ran ashore a...Having peered closely at the picture and darkened ...An almost identical photo, obviously taken on the ...Correction: after more research I've found that Ru...My mother, Margaret Tinch, agrees with the names a...Aberdeen trawler Ythan Braes A744 approaching pier...Thank you for replying with the names. It is lovel...Fourth from left is Terry Thomsons mother,my aunti...
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