Egilsay - St. Magnus church

Egilsay – St. Magnus church

How do I get to Egilsay? 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 daily Orkney Ferries service from Tingwall on the Orkney mainland to Egilsay. You can also get to Egilsay from the neighbouring islands of Wyre and Rousay, on Orkney Ferries.


How do I get around Egilsay? Cycle Hire is available from Orkney Cycle Hire in Stromness and Cycle Orkney in Kirkwall. Egilsay is only a small island and there are some lovely walks there.


What’s worth visiting on Egilsay? St Magnus Church is a 12th Century round towered Viking church, which is one of only two remaining examples. The Cenotaph erected in 1938, marks the spot where Earl Magnus was murdered. In 1117, Earl Magnus met his cousin Earl Hakon to discuss peace terms. Earl Hakon had the betrayed Magnus murdered.


Where can I stay on Egilsay? The nearest accommodation to Egilsay is located on Rousay.


Any other information on Egilsay? Egilsay is famed for its wetlands, with many breeding ducks and waders and its traditionally managed farmland, which has allowed the increasingly rare Corncrake to survive here.


Other islands in Orkney: See the pages for Mainland Orkney, Eday,Eynhallow, Flotta, Graemsay, Hoy, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Rousay, Sanday, Shapinsay, Stronsay, Westray, Wyre


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