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Looking for Smiddy Banks, Deerness

Hello community, I am an Aussie visiting Scotland in April and would love to visit the home of my grandfather, who immigrated to Australia in the 1920's.  I have found his drivers licence from 1922 when he was 22 and he states his address as Smiddy Banks, Deerness, Orkney , Scotland. I have tried google maps and other sites but can only find a Smiddy Banks farm near St Margaret's Hope.
Can anyone help? I don't know if this is/was a road, farm, region or pub! And perhaps this place no longer exists but any assistance would be greatly appreciated, thanks, helen 


  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Google Maps is correct, St. Margaret Hope is on Orkney (which is an archipelago of 70 islands) on the mainland and the street view also suggests that Smiddy Banks is a cottage not too far from where the Pentland ferries pier is. Open this link on desktop and click on the street view (the image with half a circle on the bottom left of the screen) to see the cottage on the left side of the road.

    Tagging @spoots as the native Orcadian on this forum to correct me if I'm wrong and to fill you in on any details. I strongly suggest posting your question on the Facebook group Orkney Past & Present, I have seen so many relatives / ancestral family connect over similar questions.
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  • NPCNPC Member ✭✭
    Try Olds Maps or
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