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.
This is an archived page about the Papay Development Trust prepared in the year 2000. For the current page click here: Papay Development Trust.
Papay Development Trust Community Plan
Our Plan has come from the community and will be driven by the community through the Development Trust. We realise the importance of forming partnerships with our local agencies and all organisations keen to help us achieve our aims. Already our partners include:
- Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility
- Corrom Trust
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- Historic Scotland
- Initiative at the Edge
- Orkney College
- Orkney Enterprise
- Orkney Ferries
- Orkney Islands Council
- Papa Westray Community Council
- Papay Community Association
- Papay Community Co-operative
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- Rural Housing Service for Scotland
- Scottish Executive
- Scottish Homes
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- University of the Highlands and Islands
- Voluntary Action Orkney
- Westray Development Trust
- Westray and Papa Westray Craft Association
- Westray and Papa Westray Tourist Association
Papay Community Co-operative
Central to our recent past and crucial to our future well-being is the work of our Community Co-operative. Established in 1979, one of the first in Scotland, it continues to run our shop, guest house, hostel, self catering units and the island tours. The Co-op is at the heart of our community and the Development Trust sees that one its main tasks is to assist and support the Co-op in its efforts.
Running all the different aspects of the Community Co-op is a major undertaking for the islanders and, through time, we have recognised the need to secure continuing funding for the overall co-ordination and development of this community business. Everyone sees this as a priority on the island.
The Co-op is seen as a logical focus for visitors. It arranges special tours and offers high quality experience of Small Island life and community enterprise. Without a thriving Community Co-op, the island has little chance of achieving its vision for the future.