Although Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre are often bundled together, each island has its own distinctive character and charm.

Plan a Journey To The Islands

Rousay makes a good day trip from the Orkney Mainland, with the ferry leaving from Tingwall 6 times a day (different times for winter) and meets the bus service from Kirkwall. Ferries onto Egilsay and Wyre are less frequent and some services must be requested in advance.

The ferries carry around 9 cars and advance booking is recommended as they become full very quickly. You can travel as a foot passenger without booking, and it’s feasible to explore the islands on foot, or hire a bicycle on Rousay to explore further.

Walk to Faraclett Head, Rousay

A coastal circular walk above cliffs to the highest point on Faraclett Head, a good place to spot terns and skuas.

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Explore Egilsay and St Magnus Church

Visiting the ancient remains of St Magnus church with its unusual round tower, a beautiful sandy beach.

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Visit The Tombs of Rousay (Walk/Cycle)

This walk visits three chambered cairns set on the southern flanks of the island of Rousay.

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Walk on Wyre to Cubbie Roo’s Castle and The Taing

This walk visits one of the oldest castles in Scotland before heading for the coast, popular with seals at low tide.

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Explore Mid Howe Broch and Cairn, Rousay (Walk/Cycle)

A walk with archaeological gems. Explore the hugely impressive Midhowe stalled Cairn and Midhowe Broch.

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Where To Stay

Langstane Self-catering cottage

A traditional, cosy cottage, nestled in the picturesque district of Frotoft, on the island of Rousay.

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Peedie Farm Aire

Peedie Farm offers three safe, affordable hardstanding motorhome/campervan overnight parking bays.

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Trumland Hostel and Self-Catering

Trumland Organic Farm provides 3-Star Self-Catering Accommodation, a 3-Star Hostel and a campsite.

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The Taversoe

The Taversoe offers four, modern en-suite bedrooms, with bed and breakfast, a small restaurant and a licensed pub.

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Explore our events

The islands have an active calendar of events throughout the year.

Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre offer a range of visitor services to enhance any trip….

REWDT Offices & Community Room

The Development trust offices are based near the ferry terminal.  The ‘drop in’ hours are: Mon-Wed 9am-12.30pm Other times by appointment. Our staff are able to help with applications for our various grants as well as assistance to access other support services. There is also a community room with information for residents and visitors.  The […]

Egilsay Community Centre

The Egilsay Community Centre offers self-service tea and coffee facilities, a seating area and also houses the island’s heritage room, with information about the island’s history, people and culture.

Rousay and Wyre Heritage Centre

The Rousay Heritage Centre, located at the ferry terminal, presents a rich and detailed history of Rousay, including information about its archaeology, nature, wildlife, geology and people.

Bicycle Hire

Cycling around Rousay is an ideal way of exploring our island, the main road being a circular 13mile trip.

Marion’s Shop and Filling Station

The local island shop, offering a variety of goods and services including fuel, snacks, fresh fruit and vegetables, and ice cream. Limited opening hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2pm – 5pm, Sunday 2pm-4pm  

Shore T’s

A facility located within two minutes walk of the Rousay Pier, offering self-service tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks.  Please leave a donation for the goods you consume!