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Friday 3 September 2010


Sea Arch at Yesnaby
Yesnaby is one of my favourite places on the Orkney Mainland. It has rugged cliffs, raging seas, and on a clear day you can glimpse the mountains of Scotland in the South, and even see Ben Hope.  Even on a beautiful sunny day it can feel really wild.  It is off this coastline that it is proposed to put the marine energy technology sometime over the next few years.  The Scottish Government have granted licenses to various renewable energy companies.  It remains to be seen what actually appears on the water but potentially it could have a strong visual impact on the landscape at Yesnaby.  For now I shall rejoice in the wildness of the space!

The sea slowly eroding the shore
Sea Cliffs looking towards the tidal
island of Birsay
The pastoral landscape rolling out
behind the cliffs

An old work-horse to pull the boat
safely ashore


  1. Louise from Seattle4 September 2010 at 06:42

    Yesnaby is also one of my favorite places in Orkney. So dramatic and wild. Yet the meadows and pastures behind are so verdant and lovely. We saw puffins on the cliffs of Birsay when we were there in June. Wonderful memories!

  2. OOOh I must remember to look for puffins there next year! Glad to bring back some good memories for you!

  3. It all looks so rugged and barren; it would be a shame to have anything hinting at industry out there ruining the landscape.

  4. Beautiful photos of beautiful places. Thanks