Due to ongoing concerns relating to COVID-19, the Papay shop continues to operate at reduced opening hours and for limited customers at a time. The shop will still continue to take orders for delivery / collection. Click Shop for more details.
The Hostel is open for new bookings, although current visitor capacity is reduced. Click Hostel for more details.
Bookings for Papay Tours and visits to the Holm of Papay during 2021 are open, although start dates are not yet decided.
First - Get to Orkney
All connections to Papa Westray operate via Kirkwall on the Orkney Mainland. Orkney can be reached by Loganair flights from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Shetland. There are two car ferry services aross the Pentland Firth from the North of Scotland (Pentland Ferries and NorthLink Ferries) and one passenger-only service ( The John O' Groats to Orkney Ferry) in the summer.
Having reached mainland Orkney, you can choose to travel to Papay (Papa Westray) by Air or Sea:
Papa Westray by AirThere are at least two Loganair Islander flights every weekday and one flight on Sunday from Kirkwall, the largest town on mainland Orkney. Stay overnight and you qualify for a special reduced fare. If you fly via Westray you will also enjoy the world's shortest scheduled flight - under two minutes! You get a certificate to prove it. The Islander has only 10 seats - including the pilot's - and is in high demand during the summer months. Advance booking is essential.
Find/Book Flights on Loganair Inter-island
Papa Westray Flights. For current situation see Kirkwall Airport Live Flight Information
World's shortest scheduled flight - movie on YouTube
Papa Westray by Sea
There are two direct ferry sailings from Kirkwall per week (Tuesday and Friday) for passengers and vehicles. During the summer months passengers on foot can also take the regular daily ferries to neighbouring Westray then proceed by a connecting minibus service before a final short sea crossing to Papay. The 'Golden Mariana' passenger service operates every day in the tourist season between Papay and Westray.
For more information and bookings, contact Orkney Ferries - tel (+44) 01856 872044.
Ferries at Papa Westray pier - Golden Mariana in foreground
Movie on YouTube by PapayCreativeYouth
This YouTube Movie by PapayCreativeYouth shows how vehicles are transported