the village of Burray from the air
the village of Burray from the air
forward back
  • the village of Burray from the air
  • the beautiful Bu Sands in Burray
  • the third barrier links Glimps Holm and Burray
  • Burray village viewed from South Ronaldsay
  • one of the east mainland's first wind turbines was installed in Burray
  • blockships at the third barrier leading to Burray
  • Burrray viewed from Glimps Holm
Orkney Burray

Burray is a small island linked to the east mainland of Orkney and South Ronaldsay by the Churchill Barriers.  Once only accessible by boat and a farming and fishing community, it is now linked by the causeways.  It has a population of around 350, a primary school, shop, hotel and harbour where watersports are on offer.  Burray has beautiful sandy beaches, great views across Scapa Flow and otters and seals can sometimes be seen from around the fourth barrier.

The Burray Fossil and Heritage Centre housed in old farm buildings is a fascinating place to visit.   Fossils from Orkney and around the world are displayed, some 360 million years old.  The shop stocks a large range of books on the subject, gemstones, jewellery and toys.  The collection was started by Ernest Firth who found fossils in his quarry.  Upstairs is the heritage centre which is an important archive for local documents, Burray census records from 1821 to 1901 and photographs.  There are displays of objects used by Orcadians and furniture including a boxed bed.  There is a reconstruction of an Edwardian room, showing how a typical Orkney house might have looked in the early 1900s, with the family settled around the peat fire.

The community café provides wonderful homebakes.  The centre is open in the summer months.

Rare Bird Network - Orkney: PALLID HARRIER 1 possible Pallid juvenile at Burray. Briefly near Hillfield (11:00am). #rbnOKI via web
Sybil Baldwin - RT @rbnUK: Orkney: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER 1 again today on Mainland. At Burray Cemetery. #rbnOKI via web
The SOC - RT @rbnUK: Orkney: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER 1 again today on Mainland. At Burray Cemetery. #rbnOKI via web
Rare Bird Network - Orkney: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER 1 again today on Mainland. At Burray Cemetery. #rbnOKI via web
Rare Bird Network - Orkney: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER 1 late PM on Mainland. At Burray Cemetery. #rbnOKI via web
Google News
North Country Cheviots reach 6200 at Caithness tup sale
... Westfield Thurso. This sold for 950 to J D Buchanana, Achavrole Mains, Halkirk. Reserve in the Suffolk class went to a shearling by Middlemuir McCoist from D Manson and Sons, Skaill, Thurso. This sold for 700 to I Laird, Yeldabreck, Burray, Orkney.
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Police appeal following incidents
... have taken place throughout Orkney recently. Police are seeking information in relation to the theft of a cash box containing a large amount of cash from an address in Burray. It is thought that theft took place between Sunday, August 31, and ...
The Orcadian
Shirley named as Lucky Local for Orkney Masterchef event
Burray woman Shirley Davies has been selected for the Lucky Local spot in this year's Orkney MasterChef competition. Keen amateur cook Shirley will pit her culinary skills against three professional chefs from the county at next month's competition ...
The Orcadian
Lucky Local Selected For Orkney Masterchef Event
Compered by BBC Radio Orkney's Dave Gray, the event will see each chef prepare a three-course meal within a fully fitted professional kitchen, specially installed in the theatre by competition sponsors Jewson. A panel of judges from the food and drink, ...
Scotland Food and Drink (press release)