How do I get to Shapinsay? Loganair (part of the Flybe group) fly from Aberdeen, Barra, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Islay, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton, Stornoway and Sumburgh (Shetland). Most flights are via Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness. Or, you could travel by Northlink ferry from the ferry terminals in Aberdeen (to Kirkwall) and Scrabster (to Stromness). Alternatively, you could travel by Pentland Ferries on the Gill´s Bay to St Margert´s Hope route. Finally, John O´ Groats passenger only ferries run from John O´Groats to South Ronaldsay. From May to September, there is a direct bus route from Inverness to John O´Groats that meets with the ferry - this is known as ´The Orkney Bus´. There is a ferry from Kirkwall to Shapinsay that operates about 4-5 times a day.
How do I get around Shapinsay? Guided tours of Shapinsay are available with hiltonorkneyfarmhouse.co.uk. Cycling and walking are other options available to travel around Shapinsay.
What's worth visiting on Shapinsay? Balfour Castle is a grand Victorian Castle and part of the Balfour Estate. Balfour Village was built in the late 1700's as home for workers on the nearby Balfour Estate. The Smithy incorporates the Heritage Centre, Craft Shop and a Restaurant. Headgoe Farm Museum houses farm machinery and agricultural implements. See 'Get Down Shap' on the Blog page.
Where can I stay on Shapinsay? Harroldsgarth and Girnigoe offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Self-catering is available at Iona Cottage, Peedie White's Cottage and Newlot Cottage.
Are there any books/DVD's about Shapinsay? Orkney (Pevensey Island Guides) by Patrick Bailey, Orkney and Shetland: Scottish Islands (Scottish Islands: Orkney & Shetland) by James and Deborah Penrith
Any other information on Shapinsay? King Hakon's Viking fleet sheltered at Elwick Bay on Shapinsay before setting sail for the Battle of Largs in 1263.
Other islands in Orkney: See the pages for Mainland Orkney, Eday, Egilsay, Eynhallow, Flotta, Graemsay, Hoy, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Rousay, Sanday, Stronsay, Westray, Wyre.