60°20’.36N 001°01’.44W
Whalsay, with its heritage rooted in fishing is the centre of this industry in Shetland
Contact Name Kathleen Stewart
Telephone +44 (0) 1806 566 337
Email kathleen.stewart2@virgin.net

Important archaeological sites and a wealth of birds, seals and wild flowers, make it a fascinating destination for a day trip or a longer stay. Just 5 miles long and 2 miles wide, Whalsay has easy and attractive coastal walks with magnificent cliff scenery. From the highest point, the Ward of Clett (393ft) there's a panorama of the east of Shetland.

Whalsay also boasts Britain's most northerly 18-hole golf course, Shetland's museum to the German merchants of the Hanseatic League and a modern well-equipped leisure centre with heated swimming pool and snooker club where visitors are welcome.

The tidal sounds and off-lying rocks around Whalsay are among the best places in Shetland to see porpoises and occasional dolphins, minke whales and orcas. So keep a lookout on your voyage around Whalsay and you may see why the Vikings called it "Hvals-oy" - the island of whales.

For a small island of around 1000 inhabitants there is a ‘buzz' of activity in Whalsay. Residents always make visitors feel welcome with a smile or a wave as they pass by.

With the Whalsay Boating & Sports Club at the pier and Symbister Public Hall nearby, there will always be ‘refreshments' and food at hand. Whalsay is an ideal place for visiting yachts and ships.

Quay Capability

Class A Yes
Class B Yes
Class C & D Yes

Port Facilities

Anchorage No
Berthing Depth 6m
Pilot Available No
Tug Available No

Distances in Nautical Miles - Greenock 495 Lerwick 12

Harbour Conditions

  • Outer Quay 1 - Length 140m • Depth 6m
  • Outer Quay 2 - Several berths available up to 55-65m • Depth 6m
  • Inner harbour off limits as fishing boats/ferries tie up here
  • Local seamen may be available for pilotage

Available For Crews


  • Barbeques
  • Farmers market
  • Live bands/local musicians to either dance or listen to
  • Lessons on the art of bannock making and peat cutting
  • Small craft sea angling/ Boat cruises
  • Visits to the museum and Hanseatic booth/Archaeological tours
  • Guided walks/hillwalks
  • Guided tour inside Whitefish and Pelagic boats
  • Coastal walks
  • Guided trip to Whalsay's highest hill (Ward of Clett) - where the remains of a WW2 RAF camp can be seen
  • Arts and crafts
  • Wool spinning and knitting workshops
  • Bus tours/Bus run to ‘SHOARD' a shop full of bargains

Sports Facilities

  • Whalsay Leisure Centre
  • Outdoor multicourt
  • Snooker Club
  • 18 hole golf course
  • Shooting Range
  • Youth Club
  • Sea kayaking
  • Sailing/Rowing races

General Facilities

  • Diesel and fresh water available at quayside
  • Public toilets at various locations throughout island
  • Showers at Leisure Centre,
  • Boating Club and Golf Club
  • Bar facilities and phone boxes at various locations
  • Taxi service