How do I get to Westray? 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 at least one ferry a day to Westray, except on Sunday. Also, there is a Loganair flight every day from Kirkwall.
How do I get around Westray? M & J Harcus operate a bus service on Westray. This meets the ferry to Westray and the ferry from Papa Westray as they are at opposite ends of the island. Car hire is available from D Groat and a taxi is available from K & G Maben. Guided tours are available through Westraak, who also offer bicycle hire.
What's worth visiting on Westray? Noltland Castle is an imposing, uncompleted 16th century Fortress. Also, the Heritage Centre has a permanent exhibition of Westray's history, including the Westray Stone and has a genealogy section. Quoygrew is a late Viking Age and medieval rural Settlement, considered to be one of the finest examples of Viking archaeology in Orkney.
Where can I stay on Westray? There are two hotels on Westray, the Cleaton House Hotel and the Pierowall Hotel. Bed and Breakfast is available at No 1 Broughton, The Old Manse and Sand o' Gill. Self catering is available at Three Island View, Fishermans Cove and Crofter's Rest. Also, at Daisy Cottage, Daybreak, Seaquoys, Skaill Cottage, Orcadee and Rosevale. There is a Hostel and camping at The Barn.
Are there any books/DVD's about Westray?
- On Holy Ground: A Guide to the Ecclesiastical Sites of Westray and Papa Westray,
- Wings Over Westray by Jack Scott and Mark MacKenzie-Smith,
- Walking in the Orkney and Shetland Islands: 80 Walks in the Northern Isles (Cicerone Guide) by Graham Uney
Any other information on Westray? The Westray Development Trust uses renewable energy and recycling initiatives and plans to make the island self-sufficient in energy by 2012. Westray has a community owned wind turbine, erected in 2009.
Click pictures to enlarge