With only a few commercial facilities, Papa Westray is somewhere to get way from it all - especially for people interested in birdlife and archaeology. Locally, the island is known as "Papay", pronounced Papee. Currently there are about 70 resident inhabitants.
Loganair provide at least two flights each weekday (one on Sundays) between Papa Westray and Kirkwall which also stop at Westray or North Ronaldsay. The flight between Papa Westray and Westray is the shortest (2 minutes) scheduled flight in the world!
Distances on the island are deceptive. One hour of fast walking should take you from one end of the island to the other along the main road. However, a complete circuit of the island around the coast might take several hours because of the undulating terrain and the distractions of archaeological sites, birdlife and seals on the white sandy beaches.
There are two cottages to rent (Holm View and Peatwell), two private B&B's (School Place and Daybreak) and the community-owned:
Eat, Drink & Buy
The Beltane Co-operative is the only amentiy on the island - you can buy food and drink here to cook next door in the hostel.