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The Heritage Centre will close for the winter season on the 30th of September but will be open Wednesdays from 2-4 during October.


Discovery of a new ritual building at Links of Noltland: A Bronze Age 'Skara Brae'


The most recent discovery and one of the most remarkable to date is that of an almost complete and very rare Bronze Age ritual building. The building is encased within a stony mound. Standing less than 5m from the coast edge, the mound has lost all of its vegetation cover in the last 2 -3 years and is now eroding away very rapidly. 

Work in May this year revealed an almost perfectly preserved well house with a stairway leading down to 2.5m deep cistern.The current excavation is investigating an associated building which is entirely encased inside the mound and would originally have been entered via a doorway in the side of the mound, and then along a narrow stone passage, some 10m long. The main chamber was dominated by a large tank, set into the floor, around which four roofed cells provided accommodation. This part of the building survives to the level of the roof, although the central roof had collapsed inwards in antiquity, possibly as the result of a massive sandstorm. With the interior becoming engulfed with sand, the building was not subsequently disturbed and was found with two intact BA pots set over the filled in interior- possibly placed there as a votive offering. 


Feasting may well have figured large, other possibilities include use as a sweat-lodge / sauna are also likely.


This was the 2014 exhibition

The Great War – Some of Westray's memories




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Opening times

from early May to late September


    Sunday    13:30 – 17:00
    Monday    11:30 – 17:00
    Tuesday - Saturday     10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00





Congratulations to EASE Archaeology

The Links of Noltland wins Best Rescue dig at the Current Archaeology awards ceremony in London

Click here for the full story (takes you to Current Archaeology site)


 Our latest book is called

Murdo Bews' War

 This new book will be launced at the Autumn Fair on 8th November. If you would like to order a copy for £12 + £1.10 p&p, please email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get back to you. We can accept payment by PayPal.

if you pre-order and pay before 8th November the cost is £10 + £1.10 p&p.







What's On, Aff, Been in Westray 


The latest edition is now available for purchase from the online sales section.

You have the option to buy a single issue for £1.50, or pay £16.50 in advance for 12 issues.


Launch of Westray's Living Heritage website at the Heritage Centre


Westray's Living Heritage is an exciting new project which puts Westray Heritage Trust at the heart of island life. It will leave a lasting legacy for future generations of islanders and it will provide a snapshot of life in Westray during the early 21st century. We hope, in time, that it will grow to become a full-blown record of island residents and their day-to-day activities.

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Go to the web site by clicking here

 A third figurine was found at the Links of Noltland dig.

Orkney Venus and other figurines

Left to right we have the Orkney Venus, then the second find the incomplete figurine, and then the latest discovery (some call it the Grobust Grandad), found at the Grobust site close by the sea.

Noltland dig

This is the Grobust site where the figurine was found.

 Click HERE to go directly to the Historic Scotland web site announcement.