The Westray and Papa Westray islands are some of the most beautiful in Scotland. Located just off the northern coast, they are famous for hosting the world's shortest flight - only two minutes between the islands! Perfect for sailing, bird watching, hiking, and sightseeing, these islands attract thousands of tourists each year. Papa Westray used to be a major medieval centre, so it is full of beautiful architecture with historical significance. If you want to enjoy Scottish history and culture away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, this is the place for you!
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Getting to Papa Westray Airport
Papa Westray Airport (PPW) is a small regional airport in Scotland offering domestic flights between the island of Papa Westray and Kirkwall, Westray, and North Ronaldsay. Its biggest claim to fame is the extraordinarily short flight between Westray and Papa Westray: only two minutes, including taxi time! LoganAir is the only airline that offers flights to and from this destination.
Due to its small size, there are no international flights to this airport from Canada. To get there, you'll have to depart from one of Canada's international airports to Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EBI), or Glasgow (GLA). Then, you will transfer to Kirkwall (KOI) before finally landing at PPW.
Canadians visiting the UK for tourism do not need a visa for up to 6 months. However, you'll still need a passport that is valid for your entire stay. Customs officials may ask for proof of a return ticket as well as proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay.
The Best Time To Visit Papa Westray
The peak travel season in Scotland is during the months of April - September, when the weather is warm and there are fewer rainy days. If you travel there during the month of August, be prepared for busy city streets and lots of musical activity during the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh!
Hotels and tourist attractions are cheaper during the winter, but you may have to brave cold weather and the occasional storm.
What to Do in Papa Westray
Papa Westray, or "Papay" as the locals call it, was once a major centre of medieval activity. As a result, it's full of ancient ruins, some of which are of major significance. For example, the Knap of Howar is an ancient farm building dating back to 3500 BC, and is claimed to be the oldest standing building in all of Europe! Here are a few other sites to check out:
- Holland House, the former home of the Traill family, who ruled Papay for over 3 centuries. It's now a very interesting museum with a great view of the surrounding island.
- North Hill Nature Reserve is an ideal place for bird-watching, featuring gorgeous wildflowers and many species of sea birds.
- St. Boniface Kirk is a newly restored 8th century church surrounded by impressive ruins from the Iron Age.
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