Welcome to Papa Westray, one of the North Isles of Orkney. This site provides information on how to get to Papa Westray,
where to stay, and ideas on what to see and do.
Papa Westray Hostel
Hostel adjacent to shop
Self-catering cottage near east pier, convenient for shop and post office
Self-catering cottage looking onto Papa Sound and nearby island of Westray
Holm and East Shore, Papa Westray - photograph by Douglas Hourston
Papa Westray, Orkney
Papa Westray is one of the smallest islands in Orkney, off the far north coast of Scotland.
Known to locals as Papay, this is a fascinating destination to visit and an engaging, sometimes challenging, place to live. Thanks to the efforts and skills of the community,
Papay has been rejuvenated in recent years as several long-abandoned homes have been restored and brought back to life for local and incoming folk.
According to the 2011 census there are 90 'usual residents' in 40 households - compared with just 65 people in 30
households in 2001.
The island is rich in archaeology - including the
(older than the Pyramids), the restored ancient
, the remains of the at St Tredwell's Loch
and chambered cairns on the - and birdlife, especially on the RSPB reserve.
The two-minute hop between Papa Westray and its neighbour
Westray is the .
This website provides information on how to get to Papay, where to stay, and ideas on what to see and do.
It also includes the Papa Westray
Island Development Plan 2011-2021 prepared by the
Getting to Papa Westray
Travelling to Papa Westray by air and sea.
Loganair Inter-Island Summer Timetable (PDF file)
March 3 2014 - October 26 2014
Papa Westray Flights. For current situation see
Kirkwall Airport Live Flight Information
More about Papay
PAPAY FUN WEEKEND
This year's Fun Weekend takes place July 18-20. Full programme on our Island Events page.
PAPAY ARCTIC ADVENTURE
In July Daniel W (Papay), Amanda H (Papay) and Daniel E (Suffolk) will be attempting a never done before adventure, taking a 7.5m RIB from Papa Westray
to Norway and hopefully across the Arctic Circle. In doing so they are raising money for Woolverstone Wish which is planning to refurbish the chemotherapy ward at Ipswich
hospital where Daniel E was treated earlier this year for testicular cancer. Please have a look at their
Papay Arctic Adventure blog and donate at
The last of the Great Auks - a poignant anniversary
Happiness in Isolation - Photography project on Papay