Papa Westray | Colin Nutt

About

Papa Westray, known locally as Papay, is one of Orkney's smallest isles lying some 20 miles north of Kirkwall. The island has a maritime climate with the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the North Sea to the east. Just 4 miles long by 1 mile wide, Papay is a fascinating and diverse place to visit, steeped in history, wildlife and with a lively and thriving population.

Famous For

  • The Knap of Howar is the oldest known standing settlement in northwest Europe. It consists of two interconnected 'houses' dating from the Neolithic period. The Knap was inhabited during the same period as the Skara Brae site on mainland Orkney but was constructed even earlier.

  • You can take the worlds shortest scheduled flight to reach Papa Westray. The journey with Loganair from Westray to Papay takes under two minutes.

  • Fowl Craig, a small compact section of cliffs on the northeast coast, is home to seabird colonies including puffins, and the former nesting site of the now extinct great auk.

Ask an Islander

  • The Kelp Store is the island's arts and heritage centre, housing the island archives as well as contemporary exhibitions and events.

  • Pay attention or you will miss the small things. Papay is probably the best place to see primula scotica (the Scottish primrose). This miniature wonder can be found on the North Hill Reserve in spring and summer.

  • Every Saturday at the hostel the famous pub cupboard is opened. A great place to catch up with locals and hear ther Papay band

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Westray & Papa Westray

Explore Orkney - Papa Westray

Papa Westray - staying here

More Information

You can find some additional information about Papa Westray at the links below

Papa Westray

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


Orkney Ferries runs sailings between Papa Westray and Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney on a Tuesday and Friday. During the summer they also operate daily ferries between Westray and Papa Westray.

Loganair fly between Papa Westray and Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney throughout the summer. Flights may travel via other islands.

Find out more about getting to Mainland Orkney.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.