Rousay Heritage Trust

Rousay Heritage Trust

About the Trust

Rousay Heritage Trust became a charity in 2001 and its main objectives are the advancement of the education of the public in the history, culture, natural history and any other features of life in the island of Rousay, Orkney and the preservation for the public benefit of the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the island.

From June 2017 The Rousay Heritage Trust is to incorporate the Wyre Heritage Society and to take over responsibility for looking after the Wyre Heritage Centre and its archive of heritage material.


Contact between Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre and the North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme [NILPS] regarding proposed initiatives across our three islands is also being co-ordinated by the REW Heritage SCIO.


Because of the above developments, the Rousay Heritage Trust has now become the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Heritage SCIO or, locally, simply the REW Heritage.


The proposed initiatives, for which discussions are on-going include:

  • Improving the signage and way-marking of “Heritage Trail” sites and footpaths on all three islands;
  • Making the Wyre Heritage Centre fully weather-tight, including re-roofing, to ensure that it remains structurally sound for the foreseeable future;
  • Significantly updating and enhancing the Heritage Centre  Waiting Room on Rousay

  • [Voluntary labour on the part a number of Heritage Society trustees has already smartened up the inside of the building somewhat to make it more friendly and attractive for visitors and local people alike.]
  • Providing safe car parking, plus a picnic table and an information board, at the viewpoint and sculpture site, at highest point of the public road between the Leann and the Sourin Brae.
  • Employing a part-time research assistant to work with local residents to develop and enhance the heritage archive of written, spoken and visual material.
  • Securing an indoor area in which to house domestic and agricultural heritage artefacts.


These initiatives will commence 2018/19.


Bryan Milner  (Chair, REW Heritage SCIO)


If further information is needed please contact the REW Heritage via

For the latest accounts please click here

For our Constitution please click here

Our AGM will be held on 01 September 2018 at 10:15 at the Church Centre.  Please come along to find put all about the new projects and the Heritage SCIO, all welcome.

Current project

2017 Summer of History programme.

Stories, Stones and Bones: Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Land and Sea – Exploring Island Heritage, Past and Present.

Rousay Heritage Trust celebrates £7800.00 Heritage Lottery Fund grant as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

The project has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Stories, Stones and Bones grant and additional funding form the OIC Archaeology Fund and the REW DT. 

Photos of all the activities and events are on our Gallery page - please click on REW DT above and Gallery.

The final part of the grant award was the production of a booklet telling a brief history of our three islands.  This is called Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre Stepping Back in Time and can be downloaded here.