About Whalsay

Whalsay is an island off the east coast of Shetland. Nicknamed the ‘bonnie isle’ by 19th century fishermen thanks to its abundance of wildflowers, Whalsay was once a thriving trading port. Locals would trade fresh fish for cloth, seeds, tools and luxury items from visiting seafarers.

Whalsay is steeped in history including the Neolithic Chambaird Cairn at Petticarths Field, the Ward of Clate, where ruins of a WW2 radar station remain, is the highest point of the isle where panoramic views can be enjoyed. Both sites make for lovely walks. Find out more of Whalsay's culture and history by visiting Whalsay Heritage and Community Centre.

Today, Whalsay has a strong population of around 1,000 people. It’s a close-knit community, centred around a still thriving fishing industry, crofting and a growing arts and crafts scene. It also boasts a leisure centre with pool, a care centre, two well stocked shops, boating club and pub, and two public halls, which regularly host social events including Sunday Teas in summertime. Also take time to visit Flour Power Cake Fridge, Whalsays charity shop SHOARD and bring your golf clubs if you want to visit the UK’s most northerly golf course.

Discover more about Whalsay and places to visit on the Shetland.org website.