The Westray Connections Music Festival will take place in venues throughout the island between 28th and 30th August. Details to be announced shortly.
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The annual Westray Regatta will be held on Saturday 25th July, followed by the Island Picnic on Sunday 26th. A weekend of events is planned- visitors very welcome. Details to be announced here shortly.
A jam-packed weekend of fun featuring great food, all kinds of sport, crafting and sculpting, live music and dancing is planned in July on Papay. Organised by the Papay Community Association, The Papay Fun Weekend has something for everyone- visitors warmly welcomed! For more details see EVENTS or look up www.papawestray.co.uk/events- you can also call […]
The trombone quartet, Slide Too Far, are set to visit Westray and Papay 22/23rd June as part of the St. Magnus International Music Festival. See Events diary and St. Magnus Festival website for details. Tickets (£6 / £1 under 16’s) available at the door.
The first of this summer’s live music concerts at the beautifully refurbished Graand Owld Byre, Chalmersquoy, Westray have been announced. The dates are as follows: Tuesday 16th June 8pm – local and guest musicians play a variety of music, followed by supper Wednesday 24th June 8pm – Live music gospel concert to raise funds for […]
The archaeological excavation at Links of Noltland is underway again for the summer. Work this year will concentrate on the extensive Neolithic settlement and on a Bronze Age burnt mound. Visitors are welcome- working hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (larger groups should make contact in advance- firstname.lastname@example.org). Artefacts from the dig can […]
Want to learn how to bake something new and chat with some local from Westray? If you’re here on the 13th March you might fancy signing up for the Baking with Rita course at the West Manse.
Friday August 15th 19.30 Exhibition opening with a live sound performance and artist talk. Admission FREE PAPEY LISTSKJUL (Papay Arts Centre): SINCE 2007. A REVOLUTIONARY ARTS & HERITAGE HUB OF THE NORTH Formerly known as Land Art Papa Westray is an Art Venue for around the year programme of exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, talks and a […]
Westray Connections 2013 was a great success and this short video gives a flavour of the event and the acts that took part.
An archaeology project in Orkney has been recognised at a prestigious UK-wide awards ceremony. The project at the Links of Noltland on the coast of Westray has been named Rescue Dig of the Year at the Current Archaeology Awards.. Commissioned by Historic Scotland and carried out by EASE Archaeology, it was said to have shed […]
We asked people on Westray to submit photos for consideration as suitable cover photos for the 2014 Islands of Orkney Brochure. The entries were narrowed down to seven before a final assessment including the brochure editor. Below are the other final 6 photos that were included in the final consideration.
Unfortunately there is no-one on the islands offering cycle hire but Cycle Orkney based in Kirkwall are happy to hire cycles for use in the islands. They stock a wide range of Ladies, Gents, and children’s bikes. You can find out more at their website – www.cycleorkney.com
ORCAS Pod of 6 killer whales seen off Papa Westray photo on Facebook Westray Group. Taken from small fishing boat !
Westray Connections is going to take place on the weekend beginning 30th August. Things kick off on the Friday night with an informal music session at the Pierowall Hotel as the musicians gather and warm up instrumentally and vocally. Saturday the 31st will start with ‘Westray Jam Sessions’ which will take place at various locations […]
Westray Connections 2102 saw a variety of musicians of all ages and styles performing in venues across Westray with a concert and dance in the school hall on Saturday evening. It was a great success and we hope that this year will be the same. The date for Westray Connections this year will be Saturday […]
AAKnowledge weekend in Papa Westray, Orkney, commemorating Britain’s last breeding pair of great auks. A long weekend of activities on Papa Westray over 17th – 19th May 2013, organised by the Papay Community Association. AAKnowledge Concert: 17th May 7:30pm ’til late Farmers Market, Kelp Store: 18th May 11am – 2pm Boat Trip(s) to Fowl […]
The puffins have arrived at The Castle O’Burrian. Spotted on the 14th April this marks the start of this years Puffin season at Westray’s most popular puffin watching spot. A pair of pintails wetre also spotted at Broughton.
A day exploring the spectacular seabird colonies on the wonderful island of Westray. The day will include guided walks to the Castle of Burrian puffin colony, an open day at the RSPB’s Noup Head reserve and a boat tour of the stunning seabird cliffs below. For the full day’s events for Saturday 11th and booking […]
Another general Orkney post about a new online magazine dedicated to the Orkney Science Festival, which highlights Orkney in general, as well as containing stories of science and people. You can see the first issue with stories from Papay, North Ronaldsay, Sanday and Stronsay, new insights into the Ring of Brodgar, a story from Skaill […]
Not news about Westray or Papa Westray as susch but hopefully useful to any visitors all the same. Orkney Nature Festival Saturday 11th May – Sunday 19th May 2013 Orkney’s first festival dedicated to celebrating our amazing island wildlife. The 9 day programme of events includes boat trips, guided walks, bird watching by horse & carriage, […]
Hen Harrier – 1 ringtail (female or juvenile) seen flying north over Papa Westray on 12th, with another seen on 25th. Kestrel – 1 flying north-east over Papa Westray on 18th. Merlin – 1 seen by Tim Dodman at the south end of Papay on 18th. Corncrake – 1 male heard calling between Nouster and […]
The breeding season is now officially over, for the seabirds anyway, so I can officially reveal that most of the seabird species that breed on the North Hill RSPB reserve on Papa Westray and on the Noup Cliffs RSPB reserve on Westray have had a relatively good season! Despite returning to Papay and Westray in […]
Sandwich Tern – 1 juvenile seen in cut silage field near North Rendall, Papa Westray on 16th plus 6 juveniles seen at Wellpark, Papa Westray on 25th. Dunlin – 21 at North Wick, Papa Westray on 25th. 300+ at Loch of Swartmill, Westray on 29th. Sanderling – 2 at North Wick, Papay on 4th. Purple […]
The number of Gannets nesting at the RSPB’s Noup Cliffs reserve on Westray has once again increased to a whopping 623 nests! Considering that Gannets only started nesting on this reserve in 2003, that’s a pretty impressive increase in a relatively short amount of time. Most of these breeding pairs now have small, fluffy white […]
Whooper Swan – 1 dead discovered near Mull Head on 5th. Greylag Goose – 55 broods plus 182 non-breeding adults counted at St Tredwell’s Loch on 21st. Barnacle Goose – 1 seen on St Tredwell’s Loch by Tim on 2nd. 2 seen in field near Cuppin farm on 7th. Shelduck – Pair with 10 young […]