Orkney Image Library

Orkneycommunities.co.uk - Reclaiming History and answering the questions no-one else asks since 2003
Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 11585 pictures and 21636 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 5-10-20-50 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 so that the filesize is no more than approx. 1.2MB 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.
Latest Picture
The Barriers, 1975

Mosaic of colour photos taken by RCHAMS taken 1975

11585 pictures | 21636 comments
The Barriers, 1975
LATEST NEWS: Large pictures now back, and comments problem fixed!
The Large Pics facility on the Orkney Image Library of Orkneycommunities.co.uk has returned, and I am pleased to say can in some instances be applied retrospectively (approx 2 years back). Any favouri...
Latest Pictures
Deerness ROC bunkerRASC outside George T Arthur's bakeryCharlie Hourston maybe, and BS 96A rare view of HatstonLost buoySheep on the beach at HousebyMrs Heddle, teacherP F Thomson, Barbara Wards & Lizzie TullochMeil familyWest Manse, Lady Parish, SandayWedding invitationWorld War 1 Xmas card to SandayWorld War 1 postcard from hospitalAustralian soldier prior to DardanellesGeorge HorwoodItalian PoW chapel, Kenya


The Peace Celebrations, 19/7/19The Broch of Gurness Three generations of Orcadian farmersStromness Harbour and the HolmsExcalibur at LynessSite of St Ninian wardSealMore modern stoneworkA Townscape Survey of Stromness Conservation AreaSt Catherine's PlacePaddling past the LehmkuhlSeashore at somewhere.