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Major Historical Sites On Papa Westray

Papa Westray has been inhabited for thousands of years, leaving dozens of indications of human activity. Some of the most significant include:

Knap of Howar - well-preserved remains of two Neolithic buildings, the oldest surviving dwellings in north-west Europe.

St Tredwells Chapel and loch - medieval pilgrimage site.

Holm of Papay - offshore islet with a number of remains, including a Neolithic chambered tomb.

St Boniface Kirk now restored, St Boniface Kirk is set in an important ecclesiastic site dating back to the 8th century. It stands above the rocky shore towards the north west of Papa Westray. It has Iron Age, Pictish and later remains nearby, dating from the 6th century BC to 12th century AD. A Norse hog-back gravestone and two Early Christian cross-slabs found in the Kirkyard all combine to indicate a site of great significance.

St Boniface Kirk, Papa Westray

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