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Wyre is an island within the Orkney Islands, lying south-east of Rousay.

Wyre has a population of approximately 17, and is just a five-minute ferry journey from Rousay.

The island features a Post office, and a Community Hall, where many events are held, such as dances. The Wyre Community Association is responsible for the organising of many events on the island.

Orkney Ferries provides regular sailings to and from the island, 7 days a week during the Summer months (May - September), although there are no Sunday sailings during the Winter months.

School children on the island travel daily to the Primary School on Rousay, and secondary school on the mainland of Orkney.

Wyre is home to Cubbie Roo's Castle, which takes its name from Kolbein Hrúga ("Hrúga" is Norse for "heap"), a Norwegian chieftain who settled in Orkney in around 1142. Built in about 1150, the fort is the oldest dated square keep castle in Scotland, and has been very well-preserved.

Saint Mary's Chapel is situated in the centre of Wyre. This roofless chapel was built in the twelfth century, and features Romanesque architecture. It has been partly restored, and is mostly complete.


Wyre
View to Wyre from Eynhallow Ferry

St. Mary's Chapel
St. Mary's Chapel

St. Mary's Chapel
St. Mary's Chapel

Inside St. Mary's Chapel
Inside St. Mary's Chapel

Inside St. Mary's Chapel
Inside St. Mary's Chapel

Gravestone at St. Mary's Chapel
A Gravestone at St. Mary's Chapel

Cross at St. Mary's Chapel
The Cross at St. Mary's Chapel

St. Mary's Chapel
View to St. Mary's Chapel, from Cubbie Roo's Castle

Cubbie Roo's Castle
Cubbie Roo's Castle

Cubbie Roo's Castle
Cubbie Roo's Castle

Inside Cubbie Roo's Castle
Inside Cubbie Roo's Castle

Inside Cubbie Roo's Castle
The Castle has been very well preserved on the inside

Inside Cubbie Roo's Castle
Inside, the Castle has interesting stonework