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Westray is one of Scotland's Orkney Islands.


Noup Head
  • Pierowall, the main centre, near the north of the island,
  • Rapness, the main port at the south end,


Get in[edit]

Ferry at Whale Geo pier, Westray

By boat[edit]

Twice daily Orkney Ferries travel between Kirkwall and Rapness. Several passenger ferries a day link Pierowall with Papa Westray.

By plane[edit]

Twice daily Loganair flights link Pierowall with Kirkwall. These flights also stop at Papa Westray just across the bay, making it the shortest scheduled flight in the world at just two minutes duration!

Get around[edit]

Map of Westray

By bus[edit]

A minibus from M&J Harcus +44 1857 677450, can be arranged to meet the ferry at Rapness to take you to Pierowall and vice versa. Telephone in advance or arrange on the ferry.

By Bike[edit]

Cycling is a good way to get around the island. Hire can be arranged by:

  • Sand O'Gill, Pierowall, +44 1857 677374.
  • Twiness, +44 1857 677319.
  • Rapness Manse, Rapness +44 1857 677494.


Noltland Castle
  • 1 Noup Head (about 4km north-west of Pierowall). impressive cliffs, lighthouse and headland, home to thousands of nesting birds including Kittiwakes and Puffins during the summer. Noup Head Lighthouse on Wikipedia Noup Head Lighthouse (Q7063872) on Wikidata
  • 2 Noltland Castle. Attractive ruined castle about 1km west of Pierowall. Noltland Castle on Wikipedia Noltland Castle (Q1965066) on Wikidata
  • An Artists Studio in Pierowall.


  • Visit the Westray Heritage Centre in Pierowall for traditional crafts and local history, plus a small café.


There are a couple of mini-markets in Pierowall to stock up in. There is also a potters in Pierowall

  • 1 Royal Bank of Scotland, Pierowall. Wed 9:15 - 12:00, 13:00 - 14:45. Bank branch, but only open one day per week, and no ATM.
  • Hume Sweet Hume, Pierowall. Knitwear and souvenir shop.
  • 2 W I Rendall, Pierowall, KW17 2DH. General Grocers

Eat & Drink[edit]

  • Pierowall Hotel. Reputedly the best fish & chips in Orkney, plus other bar & restaurant food.
  • Jack's Chippy (Pierowall Fish Ltd), Broughton, KW17 2DA. Wed & Sat: 4.30 to 7.30pm (to 8.30pm June - Aug). A fishmonger selling raw fish every day, with a fish and chip shop two evenings per week.


  • Bis Geo Hostel (2 km west of Pierowall.), +44 1857 677420. Excellent youth hostel, with a lounge/conservatory giving views along the coast.
  • The Kilnmans Cottage (Pierowall). Self catering cottage sleeping 4 £40 per night, £220 per week.
  • Pierowall Hotel, +44 1857 677208.

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Papa Westray - get away from it even more on a day trip to the neighbouring island.
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