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On the road to Kirkwall

Old Post Card. Not sure of the date! Anyone know anything about it please?
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Picture added on 28 March 2007
Looks like the Old Finstown Road heading towards Kirkwall, with Caldale on the right and Heathfield up on the left out of the picture.
Added by Steven Heddle on 29 March 2007
I don't think it is The Old Finstown road-there's not enough uphill to Wideford on the left for it to be near Caldale.
I'm struggling to think of where this is, but could it be the Kirkwall-Stromness road with Harray Loch in the distance?
Added by Richard Gorn on 29 March 2007
It looks like a postcard published by Valentine & Sons. The registration number in the corner gives us a clue as to when the photograph was taken. All cards with numbers between A9561 and A9606 were registered in 1940 so the photograph cannot have been taken after that year.

It looks to me more like the airport road with Kirkwall Bay in the background. The cottage on the left still exists but has been improved and extended.
Added by David Mackie on 29 March 2007
I think its the road to the airport. The house on the left is Lynnside and the first house on the right is Baley Cottage on Inganess Road
Added by Kirkwallian on 29 March 2007
I'm fairly certain i'ts the road from Tankerness to Kirkwall with the old house at Lynn and Balay Cottage, Inganess Road to the middle right of the picture. Some change now that this area is all built up. Phoebe Brodie.
Added by Phoebe Brodie on 29 March 2007
If that is a road near to the airport, then I hang my head in shame.....
Added by Richard Gorn on 29 March 2007
It is Mackenzies Brae looking towards Kirkwall. You can see the houses in Garrioch Street, the old Cathedral manse as well as the spire of St. Magnus Cathedral.
Added by David Tullock on 30 March 2007
Hang it, Richard. No doubt about Lynnside and Balay Cottage, and look at the dyke above right of the guy's right shoulder - that rounded, thicker part is still there.
Added by John on 30 March 2007
Unlike today's road that is cluttered with speed restriction signs.

Anonymous comment added on 30 March 2007
You mention Lynnside and MacKenzie. I wonder if this could have been the home of a cattle dealer Named Alexander MacKenzie and wife Mary ? I say this because my great grand folks worked and met there and had their first child, my Grandmother. The first of 17, she was born Mary Alexandrina Mackenzie Morrison - can you see where her name came from ?
Added by Gordon J. Sinclair on 12 April 2012
I worry about that chap walking in the road with his back to the oncoming traffic.
Added by Ian Hourston on 13 April 2012
He's got his Day-Glo suit on. He should be OK.
Anonymous comment added on 13 April 2012
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