Papay Peedie Tour 2017
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10th May to Aug 30th 2017
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 Peedie Tour prices
Adults - £50
Children - £25 (please enquire about under 5s
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book, or leave a message at 0793 1235213 or visit the
Tours can be specially arranged between April and September - contact the Ranger to discuss what is possible. These tours can be
tailored to particular interests, perhaps taking in some of the more remote and rugged parts of the island, or spending more time at particular
sites. However, the itinerary for the Papay Peedie Tour takes some beating!
Boat trips to the Holm of Papay
For years, this tiny island off Papay's east coast has been a much sought after destination for visitors. However, until recently only
a lucky few got across to be delighted by the wildlife and archaeology. Now, thanks to Papay Development Trust's new boat, the Holm's Neolithic South
Cairn (with its impressive 67ft long subterranean passage with carved decorations and 14 chambers) can be enjoyed by visitors when the weather conditions are suitable.
The boat trips are dependent on weather. Email email@example.com to book, or leave a message at 0793 1235213 or visit the
Papay Bicycle Hire
Adult - £10/day (4 available)
Child 24" frame - £5/day (1 available)
Child 21" frame - £5/day (1 available)
Child trailer (seats 2 infants) - £5/day (1 available)
Prices include provision of helmets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book, or leave a message at 0793 1235213 or visit the
RSPB North Hill nature reserve
Puffins, skuas, Arctic Terns and much more can be seen on the RSPB North Hill nature reserve. Guided tours are given by the RSPB warden
on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10th May to the end of August. To book, contact the Orkney RSPB office on 01856 850176.