Cross the Churchill Barriers and you’ll reach the islands of Burray and South Ronaldsay – once only accessible by boat, but now linked forever by the iconic causeways.
With a population of around 350, a primary school, shop, hotel and harbour, Burray has beautiful sandy beaches, and some of the best views across Scapa Flow.
Burray is also home to the Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre. Fossils collected by local man, Leslie Firth - some up to 380 million years old - are displayed. There’s also a heritage collection, started by Leslie’s father, Ernest, which includes everyday items from domestic and working life in Orkney throughout the 20th century. Additional displays cover traditional boatbuilding in Burray and life in Orkney during the First and Second World Wars.
An archive room has census records for Burray and South Ronaldsay from 1821 to 1901, historic photographs, various books and other documents of local interest, including original wartime manuscripts.
The shop stocks a large range of books on the subject, gemstones, jewellery and toys. The Heritage Tearoom at the Centre is run by the local community, offering tasty homemade soups, light meals, cakes and pastries, including gluten free options.