How to get to Westray

Westray is about 20 miles north west of Kirkwall and is served by Orkney Ferries and Loganair. The ferry from Kirkwall runs two or three times a day and takes 1 hour 25 minutes, giving excellent views of the neighbouring North Isles of Shapinsay, Egilsay, Eday and Faray. Booking is essential if you are bringing a car.

Contact Orkney Ferries on 01856 872044 or check their website Loganair operate a flight to Westray twice a day during the week and one a day on Saturday and Sunday. See their website at

If you are using public transport, the Westray Bus meets the Orkney Ferries service from Kirkwall at Rapness and stops at the Hotel car park, opposite the Heritage Centre. If you want to catch the bus from September-April you need to book, check for details.

How to find us  

Westray Heritage Centre is in Pierowall, the main village in Westray. We are seven miles north of the Rapness Ferry Terminal and three miles south of Westray Airfield. The centre is next to the Pierowall Hotel, opposite the car park and bus shelter. Our postcode is KW17 2BZ if you are using satnav.

Opening hours

May to September:

Monday-Saturday 9am-12noon, 2-5pm

Sunday 1.30-5pm


By arrangement. We are also open most Wednesday afternoons 2-4pm. Contact us on 01857677414, or at

Admission charges

We are an independent organisation which receives no public funding and have to charge a small admission fee which supports our work.

2023 charges:

Adults £4.00

Over-60 £3.00

Students £3.00

Under-16s £0.50

Under-5s Free