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.
There has been a relatively stable population of around 80-90 people in the last decade, compared to a low point of 54 in the 1990s.
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 .
Papay is also special for birds and birdwatchers, particularly on the .
A can be found
on the island every day of the year. Around 150 species were seen in 2015 including the first ever visit of a Chestnut Bunting to Britain.
The two-minute hop between Papa Westray and its neighbour
Westray is the .
combine outstanding natural history with a dash of archaeology.
Tempt yourself with our exciting programme of short breaks, each of which reflects the flow of the seasons. Enjoy our enthusiasm and expertise. Let us take you to the heart of the community, on an exceptional island which prides itself on hospitality.
This website provides information on how to get to Papay, where to stay, ideas on what to see and do,
, and the Papa Westray
Island Development Plan prepared by the
who are currently reviewing the island's Development Plan, to cover the period from 2016-2026.
A PDF version of the draft plan can be downloaded .
Part-time Vacancy for an Energy Saving & Recycling Officer (ESRO)
The Papay Coop has been awarded the Sustainable Papa Westray project, which aims to
create a low carbon future for the island through extensive energy saving measures to Beltane
House, creation of an eco-workshop for community recycling activities, promotion of energy
saving, recycling and waste reduction and the delivery of environmental themed community
workshops. The refurbishment of Beltane House is a target of the Papa Westray Island
Development Plan, which also includes 'establishing a community renewable energy
enterprise and promoting energy-saving initiatives' as a priority within the plan. Closing date for applications: 10 May 2017.