This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Westray. To help you make friends with Westray before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Westray, Scotland, is a small island in the Orkney island group. It is north of Mainland (the main island of Orkney), and around six hundred people live there permanently. The earliest settlements date back to the thirty-fifth century BC, and therefore tourists can visit important Neolithic and Bronze Age sites on the island. Particularly important is the Orkney Venus, which was found in the early twenty-first century; it is the oldest figure of a human found in Scotland.
Apart from the cultural heritage, the unspoilt and wild nature attracts many tourists. Wildlife lovers can visit Noup Head. The spectacular sea cliffs are home for countless seabirds such as Atlantic puffins and black guillemots. The Noup Head Lighthouse is also a popular photo scene. Visitors can get there by air or sea. The cheaper and more common option is taking the ferry. Northlink Ferries, Pentland Ferries, and Orkney Ferries offer connect the mainland with the different islands. The climate is wet and mild. In summer, from June to August, the maximum daily temperature reaches up to seventeen degrees Celsius. Rainy days are very common, hence waterproof clothes are recommendable.
Apart from fishing and farming, tourism has an important role for the local economy. Therefore, guests can chose between different types of accommodations such as Westray, Scotland hostels, guesthouses, holiday apartments, and even hotels. Planning ahead is always recommendable, especially in summer, Westray, Scotland hostels can be booked out. There are places to stay in very remote areas and inside the small villages. In that way, the tourists can try out completely different kind of accommodations and hostels.
Walking is one of the most popular activities on the island. There are several beautiful coastal and inland walks surrounded by an unspoilt and scenic nature. The Heritage Centre is highly recommendable for history and culture lovers. The centre informs visitors with an annual display and permanent exhibition panels on the walls. They also offer interactive displays for younger guests. The Orkney Venus, also known as “Westray Wife,” is displayed, as well. The main village, Pierowall, is situated on a picturesque bay and offers general stores, crafts shops, and a café. The small town also hosts the annual Westray Regatta. The archaeological excavation at Links of Noltland is an ongoing project. It is the site where the famous Orkney Venus was found. Visitors are welcome.
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