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Things to do on Papa Westray

The 12th-century St Boniface’s Church, one of the oldest Christian sites in north Scotland, was among few to survive the reformation. It is a simple but very atmospheric place. Exploration reveals a Norse hogback gravestone and two early Christian cross-slabs, which indicate the site was once of great significance. The lichen-covered headstones of drowned sailors are a reminder of the perilous seas around Orkney.

St Boniface Church can be visited in a day trip from Westray. You can use the passenger boat service onboard The ‘Golden Mariana’ which operates every day during the summer months. Or you can take the shortest scheduled flight in the world between the two islands. There are at least two Loganair Islander flights every weekday, as well as day-return flights from Kirkwall. St Boniface Church is within east walking distance of the airport; and is a coast walk from the ferry port.

St Boniface Church is also part of the itinerary of the Papay Ranger-led tours of Papa Westray.

Why not also visit nearby Knap of Howar

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