The Ness of Brodgar isn’t the only sprawling archaeological excavation taking place in Orkney. Archaeologists in the island of Westray face a race against time at the Links of Noltand, with the site under threat from coastal erosion.

It sits amongst sand dunes and over the past decade around 30 buildings have been uncovered, ranging from Neolithic to Bronze Age structures. In 2015 a burnt mound, thought to have been used as an ancient sauna, was also discovered!

The Links of Noltland also produced the famous ‘Westray Wife’ find, a Neolithic stone figurine.

The dig dates for 2017 haven’t been confirmed yet but it's hoped funding will be secured for another season of excavations. Check back soon for more information or follow the site on Facebook.

How to get there

There are daily Orkney Ferries sailings to Westray. You can also fly to the island with Loganair.

In the area

Westray Heritage Centre – the centre is a hub for island history and information, including the Westray Wife figurine which is on display with two other examples found at the Links of Noltland in recent years.

Puffins – the Castle of Burrian is one of the best places in Orkney to see puffins. The colourful seabirds are usually in attendance from early May until August.

Take the shortest flight – the shortest scheduled flight in the world operates between Westray and neighbouring Papa Westray. Hop on-board for the two minute flight – just enough time to see the spectacular island scenery below.

Tour guide – Westraak is a Westray-based guiding business that will make sure you won’t miss a thing if you’re visiting the island.

Find out more

Visit our dedicated Westray page for more information on the island. You can also search for accommodation in Westray.

Visit the official Westray website for other recommendations on things to see and do.