There’s a good reason Westray is known as the Queen o’ the Isles. It’s a place of stunning, unspoiled beauty, perfect for walking and relaxing, with pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines. There’s an abundance of wildlife on and around the island and you’ll see lots of seals and birds (including puffins) here. You might also get lucky and spot whales, dolphins and otters, so keep your eyes peeled!
For the history lover, Westray has a wonderfully diverse heritage, spanning thousands of years. The island has a particular archaeological claim to fame, with the oldest figure of a human ever found in Scotland – the 5,000-year-old Westray Wife – discovered at the Links of Noltland in 2009. In addition to our Stone Age sites and artefacts you’ll also encounter Viking ruins and the impressive 16th century Noltland Castle. Westray’s Heritage Centre in Pierowall is the place to head for an engaging insight into the island’s past.
Westray supports a thriving and enterprising community too, with a fantastic range of local businesses, covering everything from arts and crafts, to food and drink. There’s also a healthy living centre with swimming pool, and a marina and golf course. If all of that’s not enough to keep you busy, we’re just a short hop – via the world’s shortest scheduled flight – to our neighbouring island of Papa Westray, with all its unique attractions.
Getting here is easy too. Orkney Ferries provides a regular roll-on, roll-off service between Kirkwall and Westray, while Loganair offer flights from Kirkwall Airport. All the information you’ll need on travelling to Orkney is available on the Visit Orkney website.
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To find out more about Westray and Papa Westray, visit the islands’ website here.