A sea lion making a splash and hoping for a feeding during out boat trip around Noss
One of many birds we saw around Noss
Up, up and away...
There were thousands of birds consuming every nook and cranny on the cliff faces
A bit of a snack
In flight; the Gannets were truly beautiful
Drying out after a dip in the ocean
These birds don't have the same oils on their feathers so they have to air-dry
This guy was pacing our boat for a while. Quite impressive!
A quiet afternoon of lawn bowling
Got a ruler?
Getting ready to burn the boat on the loch at the Up Helly Aa celebration
Hundreds of participants marched around the loch
YOung an old, making up one of the many clans that participated.
Bringing the next generation into the celebratory fold
There were dozens on clans represented in the event
Each group had their own costumes
He was quite excited
Riding the thermals off the coase of Esha Ness
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Another bird enjoying the winds off Esha Ness
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Phenomenal hiking - it appeared possible to make it down to the beach if desired.
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A panorama of the cliffs at Esha Ness
Soaking it all in after getting out to a tiny point on Esha Ness
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The red of the cliffs was amazing
Our LoganAir pilot, getting ready for the departure from Kirkwall
The Knap of Howar: The oldest known standing structures in Northern Europe
Just some of the locals on Papa Westray
We cut through this guy's yard to get to the Knap of Howar. Well marked trail, at least.
Some classic machinery on the side of one field in Papa Westray
The ferry terminal at Papa Westray
Riding on the ferry from Papa Westray to Westray
The harbour at Pierowall - blue water like the Mediterranean
The graveyard at Lady Kirk on Westray; built in the late 1600s on the site of a church from the 1200s
A beautiful beach on the northwest side of Westray
Headed up the stairs in Noltland Castle
Noltland Castle from the outside
The end of the trail to the Old Man of Hoy
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