SHOREHOUSE is a traditional fisherman's stone-built cottage with a flagstone roof, thick walls & solid fuel stoves, looking out over the North Sound. Literally on the shore's edge, it has its own steps down to the beach, on the east shore of Papa Westray, a small, tranquil, historic, far-northerly island, across the sound from the larger island of Westray.
Papay, approx. 4 x 1 miles, holds its own magic, as many writers & artists testify: peace, beauty, wildness, simplicity. It is home to a shifting population of around 70 people, including 5 working farms. There is one working fishing-boat.
Both cottage and island are ideal for the writer/creative artist wanting serious time out. The island is friendly, but not on top of you; a wealth of archaeology, birdlife, RSPB bird reserve, beaches, excellent coastal walks.
Papay has a thriving community shop, a post office, church, school & hostel, and, from 2016, the beautifully restored former Kelp Store, its archive & heritage centre. Papay is accessible by scheduled air service, daily from Kirkwall, 15 minutes. The car- ferry calls twice a week bringing all supplies: freight is lifted off by crane. The crossing takes around 1 hour 30 minutes.