Join the Papay Ranger for a wonderful journey through the archaeological and natural heritage of Papay. Arriving by boat - or perhaps on the world's shortest scheduled flight take a tour of this magical Orkney island.
On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from the beginning of May to end of August 2018, with private tours taken at any time of the year.
Join us for a wonderful journey through the archaeological and natural heritage of Papay. On arrival by boat - or perhaps on the world's shortest scheduled flight - you will be met for your guided tour of this enchanting island.
The morning will include a short walk to the early Neolithic farmstead at the Knap of Howar. These two linked dwellings are over 5000 years old, making them the oldest standing houses in Europe.
We'll also visit St Boniface Kirk (a beautifully-restored twelfth century church on the site of an earlier Celtic chapel) and the impressive steading of Holland Farm (where fascinating buildings from the past 400 years intermingle with those of today's vibrant farm).
Papay is renowned for the warmth of its welcome and the quality of its food. We'll break for a delicious three course lunch at the Kelp Store Craft & Heritage Centre.
In the afternoon we'll walk the RSPB North Hill reserve, to see some of Papay's wildlife highlights. The maritime heath abounds with flowers such as Primula scotica. Up to the end of July, the cliffs of Fowl Craig are home to nesting Puffins. The Arctic and Great Skuas will keep you watching the sky throughout the season. We will also take a moment to remember the extinct Great Auk - the last British breeding pair was killed here some 200 years ago.
A very special day is brought to an end with tea, coffee and home-bakes.
Papay Development Trust promotes the economic and social development of Papa Westray. It develops tourism on the island, and has recently completed the conversion of the Kelp Store into an arts and heritage centre. It runs events, including arts activities, guided tours and wildlife holidays, undertakes training, provides housing and manages the Papay Boat Scheme. It employs the Papay ranger, the community development officer, a market gardener and the three skippers for the new tourist boat service to the Holm Of Papay. It is central to delivering the island's development plan.