St Mary's Chapel, Wyre

St Mary’s Chapel, Wyre

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

 

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

 

What’s worth visiting on Wyre?  Cubbie Roo’s Castle was built around 1150 and was the first recorded stone Castle in Scotland.  Near to the Castle is twelfth century St Mary’s Chapel, a fine example of Norse design.  The Wyre Heritage Centre has an exhibition on the history of Wyre, with a special section on Cubbie Roo’s Castle.

 

Where can I stay on Wyre?  The nearest accommodation to the island of Wyre is located on neighbouring Rousay.

 

Any other information on Wyre?  The Bu, on Wyre, was the home for a time of Edwin Muir, recognised as one of the great Scottish writers of the 20th Century.

 

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