Westray, ‘the Queen O’ The Isles.’ Learn about life and community on this beautiful Orkney Island.
The Neolithic and Bronze Age site at the Links of Noltland is where the Westray Wife, a 4cm carved sandstone figurine was discovered. It is reputed to be the only Neolithic representation of a human form to have been found in Scotland. Also at Noltland the 16th Century castle is one of the most impressive in the Northern Isles. Other visitor highlights include the Romanesque Cross Kirk and the Castle O’ Burrian sea stack, once used as a hermitage and now home to a colony of Puffins between April and late July.
The Island has wonderful coastal and inland walks which in the spring and summer are a delight with wild flowers. A walks leaflet is available from the website.
Wildlife abounds, seals can be seen all around the coast. The Noup Head RSPB Reserve offers a spectacular opportunity to observe all manner of bird life.
There are beautiful quiet sandy beaches where you can walk, fish or simply relax and while away the day. Westray has an excellent range of accommodation including campsites, hostels, self catering cottages, B&Bs and hotel.
The Heritage Centre is a treasure trove of information for those who are interested in learning more about the Island’s culture and history. You will also find a surprisingly diverse selection of traditional and contemporary craft workshops and art galleries to visit and enjoy.
Westray has it’s own Guided Tour operator – Westraak. With Westraak, you will be taken on a Tour of Westray, with an experienced Guide who will take you to a number of sites including the RSPB Reserve at Noup Head where you will see thousands of seabirds, including Puffins, also, Archaeological sites, the famous Noltland Castle, the fascinating 10th c Viking site at Quoygrew and lots of other interesting places and facts about Westray and its Norse Heritage.
However you spend your time in this special island, for a day, a week, or longer, you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.