Yachts, motor cruising and Sanday

Orkney’s 70 or so islands string out for 45 miles making it an ideal location for yachts and pleasure boats. Sanday offers good sheltered anchorages in several bays however many are shallow. The list below provides details of 8 possible anchorages around the island but please note that this is general advice - please check your charts first before deciding where would be best for you and your boat. DSC 1512

  • Loth: On South West corner two cables North of Spur Ness. Good shelter, busy ferry terminal, alongside berthing beside small fishing boats, facilities five mile distant.
    Sandquoy: Good anchorage in settled conditions.
  • Otterswick: good shelter, interesting anchorage for bird life and access ashore.
  • North Bay: good anchorage, avoid rocks at Bow of Hermaness.
  • Bay of Brough: good secluded anchorage, avoid rocks as above.
  • Bay of Stove: Long shallow bay, anchor just inside entrance, little known cairn on east shore.
  • Kettletoft Bay: Exposed from SE and S, holding good.
  • Kettletoft Pier: is shallow but OK at outer end during neap tides with care. Creel boat pier so be prepared to share. Yacht moorings are available in the summer season (normally mid-May onwards) off the pier.         

Tied up to the Kettletoft mooring
Kettletoft Pier makes a good spot to set anchor for those looking to come ashore. Shower and toilet facilities are available free of charge on Kettletoft Pier and the village has two pubs within walking distance - the Kettletoft Hotel and The Belsair, both of which serve food.

If you're considering a sailing holiday to Orkney, it would be worth visiting the Orkney Marina's website which has a wealth of useful information and advice.

An Overture to Orkney (external link) by Peter Cumberlidge, is also worth a read and offers very useful guide to motor cruising to, from and around Orkney and includes a suggested itinerary and routes.

For more information and specific queries regarding visiting Sanday, please get in touch via the contact us page.


 Photo by Anna Halford