Graemsay | Colin Nutt

About

Sitting at the entrance to Scapa Flow, the 'Green Isle' is the perfect place for walking. With 6 miles of coastline to cover, it is possible to walk around the entire island in less than half a day, giving you ample time to stop and enjoy the stunning seascapes, admire the abundant wildflowers and watch the wildlife. Scour the rocky coastline and you may still find pottery from a 150-year-old shipwreck, or head to the WWII gun battery for great views.

Famous For

  • The Hoy High and Hoy Low Lighthouses were completed in 1851 to guide the way through the Hoy Sound. Built to line up with one another, the Hoy High Lighthouse is 108 feet tall, with Hoy Low standing at just 39 feet. These structures were designed by Alan Stevenson from the Stevenson family, which is famous for lighthouse construction across Scotland.

  • With so few people and very little traffic, you won't find the usual visitor attractions and facilities. As a result, the natural environment has thrived.

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  • The island's rocky shoreline is perfect for beachcombers. You can still find small pieces of crockery from the vessel Albion, which was shipwrecked off the Point of Oxan on New Year’s Day in 1866, as well as other faded pieces of pottery and colourful sea glass.

  • This peaceful island is an ideal location to see wildlife. Seals, terns, oystercatchers, ringed plovers, redshanks, curlews, lapwings, fulmars and skuas can all be found here.

  • Located near the Hoy Low Lighthouse is the remains of a WWII gun battery. With no roof, it is slightly more unusual than others found across Britain.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

More Information

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

Orkneyology - Graemsay information

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


Orkney Ferries operates daily foot passenger sailings between Graemsay and Stromness on Mainland Orkney.

Find out more about getting to Mainland Orkney.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.