Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 11684 pictures and 21896 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.
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Hay of Flotta

Hay of Flotta. (A photograph from Rosario, Argentina). I cannot confirm it but I believe the gentleman on the left is John S Hay, husband of Catherine Barnet, who resided in Rosario, Argentina in late 1800's. I believe they stayed a short while in...

11684 pictures | 21896 comments
Hay of Flotta
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
Derek Ryrie at his shop in HatstonHugh Marwick at his smithyMystery pictureChicken House, CavaVFootball team 1935Flotta SchoolFirst World War German lantern?Swartland Cottage, South WallsDisney Magic leaving St NinianStromnessSS Earl ThorfinnSto Ola at Scapa PierKirkwall BasinChurchill Barriers


Horse and Cattle ShewSaga RoseStory behind this picture?Sea stack near YesnabySelf portrait of photographer at workTHE BASIN - KIRKWALL HARBOURThe VampiresDougie Cooper in 1938FieldAn old postcard of Kirkwall from the CathedralMorven from the A9Bandit - twelve o' clock!