Westray and Papa Westray

Westray and Papa Westray

Far-flung Westray is a fantastic island to explore on foot. An island of variety, with spectacular sea cliffs, fine sandy beaches, rocky shorelines and rolling moors, it's great for nature-lovers, bird-watchers, photographers and walkers. In the summer months the Castle o' Burrian is the best place in Orkney to see puffins, whilst Noup Head is a sea-bird city from April to July. The island has its share of ancient history too - from the spiral carvings of the Westray Stone to the tiny figure of the Westray wifie, both on display in the heritage centre at Pierowall.

Offshore to the northeast is Papa Westray, just over four miles long by a mile wide. This tiny island is a gem, offering the best of Orkney in miniature - impressive cliffs, sandy bays, wonderful birdlife - and the Knap of Howar - the oldest standing house in northwest Europe.


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