Papa Westray, or 'Papay', as it is known locally, is located across the Papa Sound from Westray in the north of the Orkney Isles.
Papay was once a medieval pilgrimage centre, focused on a chapel dedicated to St Tredwell, which is now just a pile of rubble on a promontory on the loch of the same name just inland from the ferry terminal. Holland House, occupying the high central point of the island, was once seat of the local lairds, the Traill family, who ruled over Papay for three centuries. There is a small museum here, filled with bygone bits and bobs.
Papa Westray's prime prehistoric site, the Knap of Howar, stands overlooking Westray. Dating from around 3500 BC, this Neolithic farm building makes a fair claim to being the oldest-standing house in Europe. Half a mile to the north is St Boniface Kirk, a pre-Reformation church that has recently been restored. In the surrounding graveyard there's a Viking hogback grave, decorated with carvings in imitation of the wooden shingles on the roof of a Viking longhouse.
North Wick bay is found on the north eastern coast of Papa Westray, Orkney.
The Bay of Pierowall is located on the north east coast of Westray, Orkney.
Pierowall is the main village and harbour on the Orkney Island of Westray.
Westray has been described as 'The Queen of the Isles', it is the second largest of the North Isles...
The settlement of Rapness is located at the southern tip of the island of Westray in the northern...
The Sands of Mussetter is a beach located on Eday, Orkney.
Eday is a long, thin island in the north of Orkney with beautiful panoramic views and farms and...
Whitemill Bay is located on the northern coastline of Sanday, Orkney.
Kettletoft is a settlement on the south coast of Sanday, to the east of Backaskail Bay.
Dominated by sand dunes and unspoilt beaches, Sanday is the largest of the northerly Orkney Isles.
Amidst the great tides of the Atlantic and the North Sea lies a group of islands that encompasses...
Sty Wick is a wide sandy bay located on the southern coastline of Sanday, Orkney.
Midhowe is found on Rousay, Orkney.
Further north than the southern tip of Norway, but with a mild climate, North Ronaldsay is the...
The Bay of Lopness is found on the eastern coastline of Sanday, Orkney.
Aikerness Bay is located in Evie, Orkney.
The village of Evie is located to the north of Mainland, Orkney, close to the Broch of Gurness.
Whitehall is located on the Grice Ness peninsula between Mill Bay and Papa Sound on the Orkney...
Rothiesholm Sand is located on the west of Stronsay, Orkney.
The island of Stronsay is about 7 miles long and is located in the east of the Orkney archipelago.
Mill Bay is found on the east coast of Stronsay, Orkney.
The old West Mainland parish of Rendall is situated on Widefirth Bay, looking out to Kirkwall and...
Birsay, in Orkney's West Mainland, boasts the ruins of the once mighty Earl's Palace.
Shapinsay is a small, low-lying island just a few miles north east of Kirkwall in Orkney.
The Brough of Birsay is found on the north west coast of Mainland Orkney.
This large sandy beach below Skara Brae is found on Mainland Orkney.
The Bay of Sandgarth is found on Shipinsay, Orkney
Dounby is a village on Mainland Orkney located to the north of the Loch of Harray, 14 miles north...
Harray is located 3 miles north west of Finstown, to the east of Loch of Harray, on Mainland Orkney...
Sandwick is a large parish on the west side of Mainland Orkney, to the west of Dounby.
The parish of Firth lies between Kirkwall and Stromness on the north shoreline of the Bay of Firth...
Balfour is a small village situated in Elwick Bay on the Orkney island of Shapinsay.
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