Community Information

Directory of Shapinsay Clubs, Organisations and societies, services


Shapinsay Development Trust

Allows islanders to collectively help maintain and improve their lives on this beautiful, peaceful island. For more details go to the Shapinsay Development Trust page

Contact: the SDT office on 01856 711770 to find out about membership and how to get involved.


Shapinsay Community Association

Runs the Shapinsay Community Centre. Room Hire available.

Contact: Annette Kirkpatrick 01856 711311


Shapinsay Lunch Club

For anyone aged 50 or over – meets every fortnight on a Wednesday during school term time for food and friendship. Activities include educational topics and games with guest speakers on everything from how to become a church Minister to auctions. There is also some cross-generational fun with children from the school, such as members passing on their knitting skills. The club also organises trips out during the summer. Transport to and from the Lunch Club is available.

Contact: Jan Buchanan 01856 711270


Shapinsay Parent Council

For parents of children at the school. Meets once per term to keep updated on the school – they also plan fundraising and input with ideas.

Contact: Marie Dunnett 711252


Shapinsay Picnic Committee

Organises and plans the annual Shapinsay Picnic event held in June. The committee holds an Island collection to raise funds for the picnic and for prizes for the accompanying School Sports Day.

Contact: Jan Buchanan – 01856 711270



Children and young people


Shapinsay Play Group

Term time only

Tuesdays 10am -12 noon – pre-school children.

Fridays 3pm – 4.30pm – children aged 8 and under

Contact: Caroline Bird – 01856 711730



Monday  term time for girls aged 5-7 years  3–4.30 pm



Monday term time for girls aged 7-10 years 3-4 pm

Contact: Alison Meason 01856 711261



Wednesday – 7.30pm term time

Contact: Marie Dunnett 01856 711252


Beavers and Cubs

term time Contact: Emma Clements – 01856 711740


Shapinsay Youth Club

Every Friday 6.30 – 8.30pm during term time.

Contact: Emma Rendall – 01856 711344


Young persons mixed Football

After school Club.

Contact: Graham Rendall 01856 711311


Shapinsay Heritage Trust

Runs the Heritage Centre and Craft Shop in Balfour village and works to record and preserve the valuable heritage of the Island. New members always welcome.

Contact: Kenny Meason 01856 711275


Shapinsay Horticultural Association

Organises the annual Shapinsay Horticultural and Industrial Show with entry categories for both adults and children.

Contact: John Rodwell 01856 711770


Scottish/Orcadian traditional dancing

Fridays at 8pm in the Community Hall but breaks for the summer – for more details

Contact: Louise Hollinrake 01856 711373


Shapinsay Music Group

Meets on Thursdays – 8pm at the community centre – all musicians welcome to join in with traditional music on instruments such as accordion, fiddle, piano, guitar.

Contact: Ian Eunson 01856 711241


Shapinsay Entertainments Club

Helps organise social events on the Island such as the bonfire and fireworks annually.

Contact: Glynis Leslie 01856 711389


Shapinsay Chess Club


Shapinsay Yoga Club

Classes held every Thursday afternoon during term time between 3 and 4.30pm in the Community Centre Club Rooms. Led by instructor.



Shapinsay Agricultural Association

Organises farming events such as the Shapinsay Show, Ploughing match and Stock Judging.

Contact: Gemma Leslie 01856 711229


Shapinsay Mens Darts Club

Contact: Graham Rendall 01856 711311


Shapinsay Singing Group

Meets weekly at the Community centre – Mondays 8 -10pm  If you love to sing you are welcome to go along and join in – a variety of styles of music from ‘Amazing Grace’ to ‘You Raise Me Up’

Contact: Caroline Bird 01856 711730


Shapinsay Lifeboat Guild

Welcomes new members to help with fund raising events for our vital lifeboat service

Contact:  Glynis Leslie 01856 711389


Shapinsay Badminton Club

Open to all ages and abilities – meets on Tuesday evenings in the Community Centre

Contact: Edith Tait 01856 711352 for more details.


Shapinsay Tai Chi

Classes funded by Arthritis Care Scotland – suitable for people with health and mobility problems.

Contact: Jan Buchanan on 01856 711270


Directory of Services

Shapinsay Community Council

Makes decisions which benefit the local community.

Contact: or  Tel: 01856 873535 Ext 2200


Shapinsay refuse collection

Tuesdays – alternate weeks black and recycling bags collection by Orkney Islands Council.


Island Shop

Thomas Sinclair in Balfour Village

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and 6pm – 6.30pm.
Saturday 9.45am – 10.45am and 12 noon – 5pm.
Sunday 2pm – 4pm.


Post Office

In the Island shop, Thomas Sinclair.

Open – Mon Tues, Wed, Friday 9am – 11.30am, Thurs 9am – 11.30am and 12.30pm – 5pm. Saturday 9.45am – 10.45am



Petrol and diesel can be purchased from the petrol pump at the Thomas Sinclair shop and post office in Balfour village – see above for opening hours.


Shapinsay Health Centre

Part of the Heilendi Practice in Kirkwall

The office at the Shapinsay Health Centre is open at the following times – for making appointments, collection of medication, travel arrangements or any other queries.


Morning Afternoon
Monday Closed 15:00 – 18:30
Tuesday Closed 12:15 – 16:15
Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday 09:00 – 13:00 Closed
Friday Closed 12:15 – 16:15
Weekend closed closed


GP Surgeries in Shapinsay


Morning Afternoon
Monday 15:00 – 18:30
Thursday 09:00 – 12:00
Friday 14:00 – 16:00


Appointments can be made outwith these times, as the phones are covered by Heilendi Practice, when there is no receptionist in the Shapinsay Health Centre.  Doctor’s are also available to speak to outwith the surgery times, during the day. Patients are also able to make appointments at Heilendi Practice to see a Doctor.

Contact: Shapinsay surgery Tel: 01856 711284 Shapinsay Nurse Practitioners 01856 711348 Heilendi Practice, Kirkwall 01856 872388


Shapinsay healthy Living Centre

This was the first of the Healthy Living Centres in the isles. The gym is open for supervised general use 3 times per week: Sunday 4-6pm, Tuesday 7-9pm and Thursday 7.30pm-9pm There are also Slimmer’s classes and Tone and Trim sessions at various times of the year

Contact: 01856 711346.


Shapinsay Sound

Island newsletter delivered monthly to every home on the Island. Digital version and back-copies can be viewed via the SDT website.


Mobile Library

A mobile Library van visits Shapinsay once a month – for dates go to


Shapinsay Kirk

Meetings held every Sunday at 11am in the summer (May – Sept) and 12 noon in the Winter (October – April). Sunday Club for children between 2 and 12 years during the service every 3rd Sunday during school term times when the minister the Rev Julia Meason visits.

Contact: Caroline Bird 01856 711730



Out of Hours Boat

Service available to Shapinsay residents.


Shapinsay Community bus and electric car

Shapinsay Development Trust operate an Electric Nissan Leaf and a 12 Seater Minibus for Residents and Community Groups on Shapinsay. This service is in operation between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Contact: the SDT Office for more details on 01856 711770


Electric cars can be charged up at the Island’s charge point at the Boathouse just up the road from the pier


Meeting Places

The Community Centre

Hall, rooms and kitchen available

Contact: Annette Kirkpatrick 01856 711311


The Boathouse

A newly re-furbished building and new home of the Shapinsay Development Trust. Will also offer flexible space for small meetings, social events , training and also educational opportunities via video and conferencing links. A range of computer equipment will be available for use and free Wi-Fi for residents and visitors. Space available to hire from early 2016 – see Shapinsay Sound newsletter for updates or

Contact: the SDT on 01856 711733


Shapinsay Kirk

Flexible space with the main church hall and side rooms which can be hired out for events and meetings to include heating, electricity and use of modern fully fitted kitchen.

Contact: Caroline Bird 01856 711730



Shapinsay Facebook Page – Island residents can request to be added to this group


Island Bloggers

Simply Woven and More – Tales of an Island Crafter by Sandra Rodwell


Shapinsay based Businesses

Thomas Sinclair

Well  stocked Island Shop and Post office. Freshly brewed coffee and a selection of take-away warm snacks available plus delicious cakes and buns baked onsite in the Balfour Bakery. Tel: 01856 711300


Orkney Isles Preserves

A small family run business based on the Orkney island of Shapinsay. We specialise in producing fine quality jams, marmalades and chutneys using traditional recipes handed down through the generations.


Contact:  Tel: 01856 711389


The Smithy Café and Restaurant

Simple cooking, sourced from local producers on the island, and Orkney favourites from the mainland  – delicious coffee and cakes

Contact: 01856 711269


Steven G Bews

Builder  Contact:01856 711792  Mobile 0774 301 7226  E-mail


K & S Garson

Groundworks of all kinds undertaken – ditching, drainage, road maintenance, landscaping etc

Contact: 01856 711223 or 0792 1004 755


Groat’s Charters

Available for Sea Fishing, Sports Diving, Island Trips, Bird Watching, Pleasure Cruises

Contact: 01856 711254 or 07884 470600


Barry Moncrieff Joinery

Timber supplied and cut to order – replacement windows and doors etc

Contact: 01856 711376


Muir & Sons

Agricultural Contractors

Contact: 01856 711288 or 711315


Darren G Muir


Contact: 01856 711728 or 0784 617 0853


Shapinsay Crafts

See Creative Shapinsay for our feature page on local crafts.


Jenny Hall crafts quality, quirk handmade bags, aprons, toys etc. She also produces home grown fleece and DK / 4ply wool from her Border Leicester/Balwen cross and Jacob sheep on Shapinsay.  Wild Heather Crafts, Hoy Peedie Hansel, Kirkwall, Harbour Bindery, Stromness and the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop (in summer) currently stock some of her products.



Pat Hazzledine

Has a studio at her home at Luckston, Shapinsay. She does her own water colour and acrylic painting and also makes constructions and art works from beachcombing finds mixed with needle felted pieces. Pat runs occasional workshops and classes in water colour or acrylic.

Contact Pat for information about forthcoming workshops on 01856 711263  Her work – including paintings and cards – is on sale at the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop in the summer.


Simply Woven and More

Sandra Rodwell – crafts include felted hats, scarves, keyrings and brooches made from up-cycled wool, hand woven hangings, pictures and other items knitted with wool which she has blended and spun herself. Hearts, chickens, flowers sheep and cats are amongst a range of distinctive and colorful themed designs. Products on sale at Peedie Hansel in Kirkwall, Castaway Crafts in Dounby, Wild Heather Crafts on Hoy and the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop (in summer).  Sandra has a Facebook Page which can be found at . She also writes a regular blog as a diary of her work and projects


Gaia Soaps

Rebecca Taylor started making soaps in 2010 and so far has developed 17 ‘flavours’. She makes the soaps herself, handmade from scratch. Hence all have a unique shape. They are all made using essential oils and contain no artificial scents or colourings. The soaps are on sale at the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop in the summer.


Thyme Crafts

Jean Coomber specialises in bobbin lace and also patchwork.You can see a selection of her products, which include dainty hanging decorations and eye-catching serpent bookmarks at . Her work is also on sale at the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop in the summer.




Places to Stay

Hilton Farmhouse

B&B, Shapinsay – located 25 minutes by ferry from Kirkwall. Courtesy transport to and from ferry terminal provided. Evening meals available to order for guests.

Contact: 01856 711239 or email

Shoreside Cottage

Balfour village – self-catering – Sleeps 4 – available to let all year round

Contact: Natasha Leslie 01856 711203 or 0751 306 8807 email

Iona Cottage

Self-catering – 3 bedrooms, en-suite facilities

Contact: Brenda McDonald 0780 301 6972



Places to Eat

The Smithy Café and Restaurant

Provides traditional island fare in a comfortable setting, offering service daily throughout the summer to both visitors and islanders. Local produce features heavily in their menus, particularly with baking, eggs and vegetables. Tel: 01856 711269