Silversea Expedition Cruises À Papa Stour, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Papa Stour, Shetland Islands, Scotland

A spectacular coastline greets visitors to Papa Stour. The island has layers of ancient volcanic lava and ash; and the softer volcanic rocks have been carved by waves into arches, sea caves, cliffy inlets and rock stacks. These dominate the landscape from both sea and land. The Maiden Stack guards the island’s harbour and is so named because the Viking Lord Thorvald Thoresson marooned his daughter in a small house on the stack to protect her virtue. View more

One story says she escaped by eloping with a fisherman, whilst another tale states she left the stack pregnant! A handful of resilient people still live on Papa Stour Island. In its heyday in the 19th century, the small island of 828 hectares (2046 acres) supported a thriving fishing industry based on six-oared row boats. Fishing is only a small operation today. Crofting, or small-scale farming has been a traditional activity and is still conducted with sheep as hardy as the crofters who tend them. Marine wildlife thrives around Papa Stour. Cliffs, rock stacks and hills support many breeding seabirds in spring and summer. The most travelled bird of all—the Arctic Tern—breeds here. In winter, these plucky small seabirds migrate all the way to the Antarctic. Occasionally European Otters are sighted amongst the kelp. Common and Grey Seals give birth to their pups onshore in summer. Common Seals rest on rocks with their tails and noses up, resembling bananas in shape. Grey Seals are larger, with a long nose, and no fruit copying tendencies.

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Excursions depuis Papa Stour, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Kayak with Silversea Expedition team

Today you will have the chance to join the Kayak Team for a paddle along the spectacular coast of Papa Stour, featuring caves, arches, blowholes and tunnels that have been created by the erosion of the soft volcanic rocks. The island and its surroundings are home to various sea birds like Atlantic Puffin, Arctic and Common Tern and Arctic skua. Otters, Gray Seals, Killer Whales and Harbour Porpoises are frequently seen on and around Papa Stour.

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team

Join the Expedition Team on our Zodiacs today to explore the shores of Papa Stour, one of the Shetland Islands. The erosion of the soft volcanic rocks by the sea has created an extraordinary variety of caves, stacks, arches, blowholes, and cliffs. The island and its surrounding seas harbour diverse populations of wildlife. As we sail along the coast we will have the chance to see Atlantic Puffin, Arctic and Common Tern, Razorbill, Curlew, Wheatear, Ringed Plover and Great Black-backed Gull.

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“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.