Orkney Light

“The essence of Orkney’s magic is silence, loneliness and the deep marvelous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light” – George Mackay Brown – 1921-1996

The Ring of Brodgar with incoming snow

Standing Stones of Stenness

.Across the Loch of Stenness

Across the Loch of Stenness

The Ring of Brodgar, one day later

Oil rigs on Scapa Flow

Skara Brae

The Orkney imagination is haunted by time – George Mackay Brown


  1. Sue · April 26, 2017

    Oh, marvellous- I would love to see the magical, mystical Ring of Brodgar, but I shall content myself with your two varied images

    • northumbrianlight · April 26, 2017

      Many thanks Sue, it is a magical place.

      • Sue · April 26, 2017

        And out of interest are you returning to Ard Neakie?

      • northumbrianlight · April 26, 2017

        Not on this trip Sue. However, I am in touch with Strathnaver Museum about reproducing some images of Alexander Mackay so a virtual return may pop up in the future. The Ferry House story will appear in the sequel to Golf in the Wild.

  2. sustainabilitea · April 26, 2017

    De-light-full photos, Robin. (Sorry, it’s early and I can’t help myself sometimes.) 🙂 When I think of Scapa Flow, I think of WWII and the German sub that got in there, but I didn’t really realize where it was.


    • northumbrianlight · April 26, 2017

      Many thanks Janet. The wreck of HMS Royal Oak, a designated war grave, is indicated by a marker buoy which is a few hundred meters to the right of the oil rig.

  3. Cate Franklyn · April 26, 2017

    Stunning imagery!

  4. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · April 26, 2017

    Fabulous Robin! You’ve captured the mood and majesty of the islands 🙂 Love the reflections in the third image!

    • northumbrianlight · April 26, 2017

      Many thanks Sarah – some would say we have been unlucky with the weather but actually the snow has made it more exciting and the islands even more photogenic.

      • Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · April 26, 2017

        I love a bit of dramatic weather 😀 My sister has been enjoying snow on Dartmoor! It briefly snowed here but not enough to settle. I got some great skies above the rapeseed fields in the Cotswolds on Monday though 😀

  5. meticulousmick · April 27, 2017

    Love the second Ring of Brodgar image and the sky and reflections image – something to be said for a good bunch of clouds. MM🍀

  6. Su Leslie · April 28, 2017

    Beautiful images.

  7. J.D. Riso · April 29, 2017

    Those monoliths seem aware. Sentinels of a lost country. Awe-inspiring, even for a sceptic? 😉

    • northumbrianlight · April 30, 2017

      Yup, awe-inspiring, even to an old sceptic like me 😉 It is a magical place and I will miss it – just arrived back in Northumberland after two days of travel, the only downside of going that far north (by car). Nevertheless, we are already making plans to return – a combined trip with the Shetlands appeals.

  8. restlessjo · May 9, 2017

    Wonderful, Robin! 🙂 I especially like the rigs on Scappa Flow.

    • northumbrianlight · May 10, 2017

      Thanks Jo – those rigs look especially good when they are lit up at night.

  9. Motorcycle Rambler · May 19, 2017


  10. Dina · June 13, 2017

    Very nice photos, Robin. We visited the Orkneys two weeks ago and we loved every second of it. We sure want to go back and maybe combine it with a visit to the Shetlands.

    • northumbrianlight · June 14, 2017

      Many thanks – exactly our thinking – we must go back and wouldn’t it be good to include the Shetlands. Great minds, great place 🙂

  11. shaztait · August 17, 2017

    I’m from Orkney, it is such a beautiful place to live. Your pictures are great too! X

    • northumbrianlight · August 18, 2017

      Many thanks – you are very lucky to live in such a wonderful place.

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