From June 20th 2009 I spent three weeks travelling the Orkney Islands. Other than Shetland, these are the furthest islands north of Scotland and the British Isles. As both my parents are Scottish and there is much connection to Scotland in New Zealand, this was a bit of a trip to find my heritage.
Pretty much the whole time I was there I experienced warm sunny days, almost continuous daylight plus some of the warmest, friendliest people I have encountered before.
My main reason for visiting Westray - the second largest island of the group - was to see the puffins. A short cycle ride from the main town is the colony, where this year there were 400 pairs of breeding puffins.
Here is one image of my afternoon watching the 'clowns of the sea'.