Westray |

About

Affectionately known as the 'Queen o’ the Isles’, Westray is home to a thriving, self-sufficient community of about 600 people, centred around the village of Pierowall. Underpinned by a successful farming and fishing industry, the island offers spectacular wild landscapes, sandy beaches, abundant historical and archaeological sites, wildlife and culture.

Famous For

  • The RSPB reserve at Noup Head is a spectacular clifftop location that is home to one of the country’s largest seabird colonies. The island is also home to Orkney’s largest puffin colony, readily accessible along a clifftop path at the Castle O’Burrian.

  • The 5,000-year-old stone carving, the ‘Westray Wife’, was uncovered on the island in 2009 and is the earliest representation of a human form found in Britain.

  • Noltland Castle is a well-preserved ruin of a 16th century fortress built by the dastardly Gilbert Balfour, a companion of Mary Queen of Scots.

Ask an Islander

  • Make sure to try a ‘fatty cuttie’, a tasty fruity biscuit made locally and available only at the Skello shop.

  • Scour the beaches for the locally prized ‘Groatie Buckies’ (cowrie shells), or keep an eye out for the ‘primula scotica’, a tiny and rare wild primrose that only grows in a handful of places in the world.

  • Walk along the coast to Quoygrew to discover an excavated and conserved Viking farming and fishing settlement.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Westray

Explore Orkney - Westray

More Information

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

Isle of Westray

Westray Development Trust

Westray Community

Explore Orkney - Westray

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 runs two sailings a day between Westray and Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney. There is also a small passenger ferry that runs from Gill Pier on Westray to Papa Westray.

Loganair operates two daily flights that link Westray with Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney and Papa Westray.

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.