Silversea Expedition Cruises À Papa Westray

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Papa Westray

With 80 registered historic sites—one per resident—history dominates Papa Westray, one of the smaller inhabited islands of the Orkney island group. Farming is a long-running tradition, and cattle raising continues today. Amongst the island’s rustic farms, lochs, heaths and coastlines are several historic buildings. The oldest preserved house in Northern Europe is the Knap of Hower on Papa Westray. It dates from as far back as about 5700 years ago, even older than the more well-known Skara Brae on Orkney’s main island. View more

The Neolithic farmstead has two rectangular rooms linked by a passageway. Intact walls of stacked flat rocks rise to 1.6 metres (5.2 feet) in height. Only the roof is missing. Inside are fireplaces, partition screens, beds and storage shelves made of stone. The preservation is stunning, and it is easy to imagine domestic scenes. Nearby middens of discarded material prove the people collected seafood, grew grain and kept domestic sheep, goats and cattle. St Boniface Kirk is an 8th century church that has recently been restored and is in use today. Its graveyard includes a carved Viking grave. Only ruins remain of the medieval St Tredwell’s Chapel on a mound beside a loch. St Tredwell, or Triduana as she was originally called, was a maiden. A king praised her beautiful eyes as part of a marriage proposal. Not impressed, she plucked out her eyes and sent them to him. St Tredwell’s chapel became a destination for pilgrims with eye problems, in the days before ophthalmologists.

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Excursions depuis Papa Westray

Hike with Silversea Expedition team

Stretch your legs on an island walk, choose between a 2.5 hours Archaeology Walk, with a visit to the 5500-year-old Knap of Howar, a Neolithic farm building that claims to be the oldest standing house in Europe and the 12th century St Boniface Kirk; or a 3 hours Nature Walk in the north of the island, at the North Hill reserve, home to Arctic terns and skuas and the extremely rare Scottish primrose.

At the end of your walk, in the early evening, meet at the Papay Pub for a well-deserved predinner drink with the locals.

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