A recently 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 in
the summer, to thousands of birds, including puffins, that breed 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 seals.
Peatwell looks out onto Papay Sound and the adjacent island of Westray. It is a 15-minute walk to the island's well-stocked shop and community centre.
Several archaeological sites are nearby including a burnt mound and the 5,000 year-old Knap of Howar, a well-preserved Stone Age farmstead, part of a community which
buried its dead in cairns on the Holm of Papay. North Hill, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, occupies the northern quarter of the island. It is staffed during
part of the year by a full-time warden from the RSPB who leads tours for visitors. Because of Papay's latitude, the sun barely sets during the summer months and
the Merry Dancers often illuminate the nighttime sky in winter.
The stone farmhouse, originally built in the mid-19th century, features a modern kitchen that is part of a larger living room and dining area.
There is a TV and CD/DVD player. The bedroom has one super-king bed, and the sunroom, with a panoramic sea view, has a fold-out double futon sofa. A cot for infants is available.
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. From there both a ferry and small plane make several trips a day to Papay from
late Spring through early Fall. Less frequent service is available during the remainder of the year. Transport to and from the airport or pier is provided for renters.
September - May: 3 night minimum - £40.00/night, £250.00/week
June - August: weekly only - £300.00/week
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