General Information

General Information in Westray

Mobile phone users should note that reception can be quite poor in Westray, with only Vodafone and O2 providing coverage.


There are 3 shops on Westray, all stock general provisions but each with their own individual flavour.

W I Rendall is found in Pierowall village and has a good selection of gifts and souvenirs. It also boasts the only fuel pumps on the island and stocks Calor Gas. It is open from 9am -6pm Monday to Saturday (Sunday 2-4:30pm, Summer only)

JC Tulloch is also in Pierowall village and has a full post office open 9-5 with half day closing on Tuesday and Saturday. Opening hours are 9am – 9pm Monday to Saturday (Sunday 2-4:30pm, Summer only.)

Peter Miller’s shop is found in Skelwick, in the southern part of the island, signed off the main road between the village and the Rapness ferry terminal. Here you will find a very well stocked rural shop with an off license. There is also a small post office run to community hours, but the friendly staff are always willing to open it for you. Open 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday (2-5pm Sunday, Summer only)

All 3 shops sell Westray baked bread and biscuits, from WFM Brown, fish from Pierowall Fish and crab products from Westray Processors.

Eating out

Jack’s Chippy is open on Wednesday and Saturday evenings 5-9pm, for arguably the best fish and chips in Orkney, divine puddings and much more. Free delivery within Pierowall village. The shop (Pierowall Fish) is open 9am -5pm Monday to Saturday as a fishmonger .

Take away meals are also available from Pierowall Hotel which is also open to non residents for dining and afternoon tea.

Visit Wheeling Steen Gallery for drinks and homebakes in a relaxing environment surrounded by stunning photographs and illustrations of Westray. Popular with visitors and locals alike. Situated on the road to the airfield in the north of the island.

Drinks, snacks and crafts can be enjoyed at Richan’s Retreat, a short walk from the Rapness ferry terminal.

Kirk services

There are 3 kirks on the island and a Quaker meeting.

The Church of Scotland (The Old Kirk), the Baptist Kirk and the Brethren Gospel Hall all hold Sunday morning services at 11:30 am. Evening services are held at the Gospel Hall 6:30pm prayer meeting, &7pm Gospel meeting. All welcome. See local shops for details of services for Church of Scotland and Baptist during holiday periods as they are often united.

Westray and Papa Westray Quaker Meeting: Meetings in Friends homes, children welcome. Contact Sandy: 01857 677482 for further information.

Swimming pool

The swimming pool is open at various times during the week for public session, please see notices in shops and at the Healthy Living Centre. The swimming pool can be hired for £15/hour with a life guard, excellent for wet days.


There is a Doctors Surgery at Gill Pier, Pierowall, serving both Westray & Papa Westray. See the Westray Surgery website for details of services and surgery times.

General Information in Papa Westray

Access is free to all historical sites, including the Knap of Howar, St Boniface Kirk and St Tredwell’s Chapel.

The island is rich in birdlife; listen out for calling corncrakes. The North Hill has puffins, skuas, arctic terns and other birds and is famous for Scottish primrose; guided tours by the RSPB Warden are on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. (Phone 644 240).

There is a coastal walk all round the island, with stiles.

The Bothy Museum, located at Holland Farm, is always open.

Coffee Mornings are held in the community room, St Ann’s Kirk, from 10.30 to 11.45 on Wednesdays. All are welcome.

Saturday Pub, the bar cupboard is opened at Papa Westray Hostel, Beltane House on Saturday nights from 9pm. Friendly atmosphere, often with live local music.

Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival takes place around the first full moon of February, an international contemporary art festival based around the ancient Papay tradition of the ‘Night of the Gyros’, featuring experimental film, video and visual art, performance, music and architecture.


The Papay Community Cooperative Shop at Beltane House provides most food, drink and household provisions, including fresh milk, fruit, bread and other supplies. Petrol and diesel can be bought from the shop, and binoculars can be hired. The shop is open from 10am – 12pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 3 – 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 6 – 7pm on Saturday. (Phone 644 321).

The shop at Beltane House can provide most food, wines and spirits and necessary household provisions that you might require. Locally produced fruit and vegetables are also available in season. Fresh fruit and other food supplies come by boat on Tuesdays and Fridays. Fresh bread is sent over by boat from Westray on Wednesdays.

The Post Office at Daybreak is open from 2.00 to 4.00 pm on weekdays. The island Craft Shop is also at Daybreak and is nearly always open. (Phone 644 275).

Eating Out

Self-service tea/coffee and snacks / homebakes are available at Beltane House in the small hostel dining room. There is a weekly pub night at Beltane House on Saturday evenings from 9pm.

Look out for local events usually held at Beltane including dances and cinema screenings on the Papay Facebook page. (Phone 644 321).

Kirk Services

There are Sunday services at St Ann’s Kirk (Church of Scotland) at 2.00 pm and at the Gospel Hall at 6.00 pm; summer evening services at St Boniface Kirk are on Wednesdays at 7.30 pm.