Orkney Landscape photography

Retreats, Scottish Islands

My last day on orkney this year was an interesting one by chance. The ferries were cancelled due to high winds so our departure didn't happen as planned. Looking at the weather forecast I was absolutely delighted as the photography possibilities were endless. We opted for a night on board and to sail first thing instead. So that gave me the day in Orkney amidst the best conditions I had seen in a long time. High winds, huge waves and dramatic light. Often you get high winds and waves but with just rain making it almost impossible to shoot. So the occasional downpour and hailstorm was no problem at all.

Here are some images from my wild last days photographing in Orkney.

We rounded off the day when the darkness crept in around 3.30pm by heading into Kirkwall and finding somewhere warm to sit a while. The Judith Glue Real food cafe hit the mark with its lovely home cooking made with Orkney produce and interesting gift shop. It is just opposite St Magnus Cathderal which was looking amazing lit up in the dusk.

Then it was on to the Storehouse Restaurant in Kirkwall, a beautifully restored building which manages to combine a modern and historic feel. I'd highly recommend the Storehouse for a drink, a meal or even a stopover.

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