a little about..


Small but significant – that’s Shapinsay! Just a short ferry ride from Kirkwall on mainland Orkney – yet so distinctly different you’ll be enriched by your time in this  captivating green and pleasant land – with it’s unique past, engaging present and  exciting future.

Relax and unwind amidst the lush greenery of our peaceful landscape of unspoilt natural beauty. Discover also and be inspired by our ambition to carve out an innovative and Sustainable Shapinsay for residents and visitors alike to enjoy for many generations to come.

Walk, cycle or drive along quiet lanes and tracks. Admire the vibrant wildflower verges and meadows, abundant bird and other wildlife including otters. Be at one with nature on deserted beaches with spectacular white sands strewn with gleaming shells and wave lapped pebbles in warm pastel shades.

Learn about our fascinating heritage and visit intriguing sites of our ancient past like the impressive Iron Age Burroughston Broch and the many other fascinating places of interest  which are amongst Shapinsay’s best kept secrets to explore at your own pace as you roam this Green Isle at the Heart of Orkney.

With only around 300 people living here the chances are you’ll mostly have the place to yourself but if you should stop for a chat or to ask directions you’ll find us friendly, helpful and delighted to see you enjoying the place we are privileged to call home.

Browse our website and start planning your trip or contact us for more information or just to connect. We are always keen to explore networking opportunities with other forward-thinking islands, groups and individuals wherever they may be for our mutual benefit as part of learning and growing together.

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