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Grobust beachSeals on Grobust BeachWestray has several nice beaches. Grobust beach (voted best beach in Westray) shown here is approximately one mile from Daybreak.

As you can see it is quite normal to get the beach to yourself, or perhaps have to share it with the seals.

The seals will quickly shuffle into the water once you arrive on the beach and then swim along the beach "watching you watching them".

Noltland CastleNoup Head LighthouseNoltland Castle, built in the second half of the 16th century was home to Gilbert Balfour. Balfour built the heavily fortified castle at Noltand to defend himself against the many powerful enemies made through his involvement in the politics during the time of his sister in law, Mary Queen of Scots.

Noup Head Lighthouse, was built in 1898 and was manned until December 1964.

The original keepers house was demolished in 1971 by request of the Northern Lighthouse Board who deemed this course of action cheaper than the upkeep of the buildings. The dwelling house, that is seen today, was built in the early fifties for the use of the occasional keepers.

The RSPB purchased this stretch of Old Red Sandstone cliffs in 1975, and continue to monitor and protect the nationally important breeding seabird colony, which they support.

Oyster CatcherWestray RegattaWestray is home to a wide range of seabirds, many of which are seasonal visitors, such as Oyster Catcher who's return can be regarded as a harbinger of Spring.

The Westray Regatta is held in Pierowall Bay on the last Saturday of July. This annual event brings many visitors to the island with various racing events during the day and a dance in the evening.

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