Burray | Colin Nutt

About

As one of the southern Orkney islands linked by a chain of causeways built to protect the British fleet in WWII, Burray is well connected. Sitting to the east of Scapa Flow, it makes a great vantage point for spotting wrecks at low tide whilst doing a bit of beachcombing along the shore created by Barrier Number 4. It's also the home of Britain's most northerly crazy golf course.

Famous For

  • The Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre opened in 1993 to display a collection donated to the people of Orkney by local builder Leslie Firth. His interest in fossils started when he uncovered treasures over 385 million years old at Cruaday Quarry in Sandwick, Orkney.

  • During WWI, blockships were sunk at the eastern entrances to Scapa Flow to protect the British Home Fleet. Today the wrecks are visible from shore or when crossing the Churchill Barriers when tides are low.

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  • In Burray village you will find Britain’s most northerly crazy golf course. A community-led project, it opened in 2016, with local school children taking part in a competition to help design the 12-hole course depicting famous Orkney landmarks.

  • A very large beach and dune system has built up around Barrier Number 4 since it was built, and makes a nice spot for a beach walk.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Burray Community Association

More Information

You can find some additional information about Burray at the links below

Orkney Communities

Explore Orkney

COVID-19

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Getting here

Covid-19

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You can reach Burray via the Churchill Barrier causeways from both Mainland Orkney and South Ronaldsay. There is a regular bus service between St Margaret's Hope in South Ronaldsay and Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney, which stops in Burray village.

Find out more about getting to South Ronaldsay.

Find out more about getting to Mainland Orkney.

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