A safe place to tie up for the night

View of Weddell Sound, sheltered by the third Churchill Barrier, looking out to the entrance from the east.

View from the Burray end of the third Churchill Barrier looking North East.

Weddell Sound is the first sheltered area of water between Wick and Kirkwall and a great place to tie up for the night if you don't want to go the full distance in one day.

View of the Marina site looking from Lambs Holm across to Burray

The site for the marina was being used as a fish farm but is now being redeveloped into a full facility.

         yachts tied up to the marina 
          yachts tied up to the marina 

East Weddell Sound

East Weddell Sound is located on the east coast of Orkney, just south of the island of Copinsay and close to the Churchill Barriers. It is approximately 30nm from Wick, a distance that can be reasonably sailed on one tide. For those coming from the west coast of Scotland, it is also a suitable stopping place after navigating the Pentland Firth. This sheltered mooring is a fine jumping off spot for visiting Kirkwall, the northern Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands or Norway. It allows a comfortable rest if weather condition's are not suitable, and to visit the Churchill Barriers, the famous Italian Chapel, have a nice relaxing meal in the Sands Hotel,Seaview Shop for all your needs or  visit the ancient past at the Fossil & Heritage Centre and Cafe. 

Navigation ( Please note these are just for reference we strongly recommend that you check your own coordinates)
From Wick, a course of 030°T for 13.6nm to the southern end of the Pentland Skerries ( Way point 58°37.7'N,002°49.5'W), avoids the worst of the Pentland tide and any significant overfalls. From this point to the entrance to Holm Sound ( Way Point 58°51.5'N,002°49.5'W), a course of 000°T for 14.1nm avoids the overfalls off the Burray Ness. Proceed to the entrance of East Weddell Sound, 2.2nm, (Way Point 58°52.7'N,002°52.7'W) on a course of 309°T. From here, a course of due west for 0.5nm, then SW for 0.5nm, will bring the anchorage in sight to the south, close to the beach. A short distance in a southerly direction is a wind generator with the farm of the Northfield on the headland.

              yacht tied up to the marina 
Please telephone us before you arrive so that we can meet and greet you. We will also give you a hand to tie up.
Tourist information packs  for Burray and the surrounding area are available from us.
 Complimentary dinghy is available to get you ashore.
   yacht tied up to the marina with complimentary dinghy
Berthing  at the cages is free if you book any on site activities.

Meet, Greet and Tie up £10 ( one off payment for duration of stay)  a complimentary dinghy is included in the price.


Mains power is £2 per day

 Unfortunately at the moment no changing facilities or drinking water can be supplied on site however we can arrange to get removable water  vessels filled up for you.

 Attractions and Activities
On Site  ( Burray)
Battlefield Live
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Sands Hotel ( Burray )
Public Bar and Watersound Restaurant winner of Orkney's food award 2007 with a Courtesy minibus avalable tel, 01856 731298 for more details.http://www.thesandshotel.co.uk/
The Orkney Fossil and Heritage Center ( Burray)
See some of the best sea life fossils ever found in Britain and explore the past with exhibits from world war I and II.  Visit the café and have a relaxing meal.
Seaview Stores ( Burray )
 Stock up on supplies from a local shop.
Orkney Marine-Life Aquarium ( South Ronaldsay)
 Experience Orkney's great sea life .A great visit for all the family. http://www.orkneymarinelife.co.uk/
The Italian Chapel ( Lamb Holm )
 Constructed by the Italian prisoners of war who  were the main workforce used in the construction of the Churchill Barriers during World War II www.scotsitalian.com/orkney_chapel.htm
The Commodore Bar and Restaurant ( Holm)
 Have a relaxing drink and try some good Orkney food. http://www.commodoreorkney.com/
The Creel Restaurant ( St.Margaret's Hope )
 Award winning Restaurant.
Tomb of The Eagles ( South Ronaldsay )
 Visit the stone age tomb at its magnificent clifftop site.  http://www.tomboftheeagles.co.uk/
For a complete Visitor's guide to the Orkney Islands go to http://www.orkneyislands.info/burray.html
for more information about sailing holidays in Orkney please go to the Orkney Marina web page at  www.orkneymarinas.com/where.html