The harbour at Symbister is the hub of this fishing community of around 1,000 people - and a constant source of interest to islanders and visitors alike.
Craft owned and crewed by local families crowd the sheltered dock, from the smallest creel boats to big ocean-going trawlers - some of Europe's largest fishing vessels. The inner harbour is packed with colourful dinghies and the distinctive "Shetland Model" boats which compete in local sailing and rowing races.
The beach below the road around the head of the bay is partly man-made and was formerly used to dry salted cod and ling during the heyday of the line fishery from sixerns - open, six-oared boats - in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Whalsay Heritage Centre is also located in Symbister and has exhibitions on throughout the year, as well as a family history room where records can be browsed.