Gayle Johnston & Joel Tracey, Aberdeen

The team behind The Orkney Islander magazine is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 competition to win a break to Orkney was Gayle Johnston, from Aberdeen.

Gayle was able to tell us correctly which brightly-coloured beaked bird can be spotted at the Castle O’Burrian in Westray. The answer — also known by hundreds of hopefuls from all over the world — was of course the puffin.

“We are delighted again to receive so many entries to our annual competition,” said editor of the magazine, Leah Seator. “We would like to thank NorthLink Ferries, Northlight Apartments and Buster’s Diner for joining forces with us to present this fantastic prize.”

The prize, for a family of four, includes:

  • Travel to and from Orkney with NorthLink Ferries.
  • Two nights luxury accommodation courtesy of Northlight Apartments in Kirkwall.
  • A family meal at Kirkwall’s Buster’s Diner.


“I’ve wanted to visit Orkney for many years and I’m over the moon that I’ll finally be getting the chance to visit with my partner, Joel.  Thank you very much to everyone at The Orcadian for this wonderful trip!”