Westside Church, Tuquoy

  • Westray, Orkney



Westside Church, Tuquoy, is a roofless ruin dating to the 1100s. It was originally a rectangular nave, with a chancel. The surviving structure shows some of the finest Romanesque church architecture in Orkney.

An interpretation of the Orkneyinga Norse saga suggests Thorkel Flettir and his family were prominent landholders here in the 1100s, probably based at Tuquoy. Westside Church could therefore have been built by Haflidi Thorkelsson in the mid-1100s.

The Orkneyinga saga mentions other Orkney sites, most notably Cubbie Roo’s Castle and Earl’s Bu.

Opening times

Due to restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the church and some headstones. Majority of graveyard is accessible.

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