A newly renovated cottage on the island of Papa Westray, Orkney
Peatwell, Papa Westray
Papa Westray (known locally as Papay) is among the most northern of the Orkney Islands. Only four miles long and a mile wide, it is home to 75 people and, during the summer, to tens of thousands of breeding birds on its rocky cliffs. Cows and sheep graze in the pastures and the air is alive with the calls of oystercatchers, curlews and lapwings. A walk along the sandy shore is sure to draw the attention of the resident grey and common (harbour) seals.
Peatwell looks out onto Papa Sound and the adjacent island of Westray. It is a 15-minute walk to the island's well-stocked shop and community centre. Several historic and archaeological sites are nearby including the 5,000 year-old Knap of Howar, a Stone Age farmstead, and St. Boniface Kirk, part of an early Christian community. North Hill, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, occupies the northern quarter of the island. It is staffed during the summer by a full-time warden from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds who leads tours for visitors. Because of Papay's latitude, the sun barely sets during the summer months and the Northern Lights often illuminate the nighttime sky in winter.
The house, originally built in the mid-19th century, features a modern kitchen that is part of a larger living room and dining area. The bedroom has one super-king bed and the sunroom, with a panoramic sea-view, has a fold-out double futon sofa. The new bathroom features a large walk-in shower.
Summer sunset across the Papay Sound
Access to Papay is from the cathedral town of Kirkwall, the county's capital. From there both a ferry and small plane make several trips a day to Papay from late Spring to early Autumn. Less frequent service is available during the remainder of the year. Transport to and from the airport or pier is provided.
September to May: two night minimum - £30.00/night, £180.00/week
June to August: weekly only - £250.00/week
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