Faith and belief

Heriot-Watt University respects religious and cultural diversity and aims to support individuals in their religious and cultural observance.

We aim to be a place where students and staff of different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs can meet and mix together in a friendly, welcoming environment.

Religion has been an important influence over many thousands of years of history in the Orkney Islands. Even the bloodthirsty Vikings had their own spirituality and philosophy. Today there is a rich tapestry of religious faith throughout the Islands. Below you will find details of the main religious groupings to be found here.

Baptist Church

Stromness Baptist Church

Stromness Town Hall Sunday, 11.15am

Kirkwall Baptist Church

Victoria Street, Kirkwall Sunday, 11.15am

Church of Scotland

Stromness Parish Church

Sunday, 11.15am

Honorary Chaplain to the Orkney campus:

Rev John Butterfield (Stromness Parish Church)

01856 850203

Roman Catholic Church

Our Lady & St Joseph's

Main Street, Kirkwall, Sunday Mass, 11.00am Tel: 01856 872462

Scottish Episcopal Church

St Olaf's Church, Dundas Crescent, Kirkwall

Sunday, 10.00am (Sung Eucharist)
Wednesday, 7.00pm (Eucharist)

St Mary-the-Virgin Church

Church Road, Stromness, Sunday, 10:30am (Family Eucharist)


Bahá'ís of Orkney, Old Scapa Road, Kirkwall Meet Sunday, 11.00am


Orkney Buddhists Meet Friday, 6.30pm Call 01856 731269 for location that week.


Jewish Chaplain to Scottish Universities:

Rabbi Yossi & Mrs Sarah Bodenheim

07791 292790


Orkney Interfaith Group

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

SWRI Hall, Bridge Street, Kirkwall
Tel: 01856 879783

Key information

Orkney Professional Services Team

+44 (0)1856 850 605