Sanday Island

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Season: summer

Sanday Island on Orkney is blessed with several beautiful beaches and the atmosphere on the island is peaceful and welcoming. The Heritage Centre is well worth a visit for context, for example illustrating Sanday’s links to The Battle of Jutland. There’s also a reconstructed croft. My advice is to follow your instincts on foot. There are many hidden bays, coves and beaches to enjoy, a surprise beyond each headland. On this occasion I visited Catasand beach on the eastern side of the island, a wide expanse of sand with an entrance to the sea. You can hear the archaeological and seafaring associations in the eulogies below, collected at Sanday Heritage Centre.

Summer visit photo gallery


Ruth, from Sanday Heritage Centre, explains the setting at Catasand.


Shipwrecks on Sanday, in the Heritage Centre with Myra.


The scene at Catasand.

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