Exploring Papa Stour
As the ferry passes Brei Holm visitors get their first glimpse of impressive sea caves: a large tunnel where, in calm weather, it's possible to take a small boat right through. At the entrance to Housa Voe is the Frau Stack where tradition says a Norwegian lord imprisoned his daughter for refusing an arranged marriage. She had given her heart to a humble fisherman who rescued her from solitary confinement and eloped with her.
The hill dyke divides the fertile, sandy soils of the 'inbye' croft land from the moorland of the common grazings to the west. In the past islanders removed turf and peat from the hill for fertiliser and fuel, creating a 'scalped' heathland of short, wind-clipped vegetation growing on gravelly subsoil.
Suspected leprosy sufferers from the Shetland Mainland were once banished to huts whose foundations you can see on Hilla Fielle. To survive they relied on the islanders to leave food for them by the hill dyke. In fact they were probably suffering from dietary deficiencies, not leprosy.