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 11735 pictures and 22142 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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Still Game

August 2012 when my current Snipe arrived in Orkney. She was quickly rigged to make sure everything was present as she had been towed up from Cheshire by James Prestwich. At the time she was called Red Herring. I didn't like that name though, so afte...

11735 pictures | 22142 comments
Still Game
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
New Pole Star arriving in Stromness 1961Mystery thingOverlooking Marwick Head 2012Gun emplacements July 2014Taken from the Eday ferry in July 2014Fireworks, Guy Fawkes nightParade on Back Road?Bicycle parade on Back RoadForkytailsYellow moon over Copland's DockFloat on Shore StreetWhat's going on here?Cathedral in the 1950sHamnavoe Dance Band - probably around 1972MothLegion 2 Pool Team, April 2015


Jack barge and Balfour CastleSunset at Skaill HouseMystery picture....Happy ValleyPatty Spence on tractor at Millfield.Earl ThorfinnHoy hills from Scapa FlowJock's horses on the moveMonochrome work by Stanley Cursiter A big guyFrom the roof of the Martello TowerImage makeover