Westray: Heritage

Westray has much to offer the visitor interested in either natural or archaeological history.

Of course the Orkney Venus or Westray Wife as she is known locally has been the showpiece of recent times, but there is much more to explore. The Heritage centre in Pierowall is the ideal starting point.

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Links of Noltland Dig 2015

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- tourism@westraydevelopmenttrust.co.uk). Artefacts from the dig can […]

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Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is a “must see” starting point for anyone interested in Westray’s past. Situated in the centre of Pierowall village The Heritage Centre is a Visit Scotland 4 Star Visitor Attraction. Inside there is an an annual display plus permanent exhibition panels on walls, and a simulated geo with model seabirds and authentic […]

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Westray Wifey

The Westray Wife (also known as the Orkney Venus) is a small Neolithic figurine, 4 cm in height, carved from sandstone that was discovered during an Historic Scotland dig at the Links of Noltland in the summer of 2009. It was the first Neolithic carving of a human form to have been found in Scotland, […]

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