In the third of her island hopping adventures this summer, Leah visited Papa Stour, a rugged and impressive island that lies west of the Shetland Mainland.
Here are her top tips if you’re planning a visit to Papa Stour…
1. Enjoy the facilities at the ferry
Papa Stour is a 35 minute ferry journey from West Burrafirth and visiting the island really feels like you’re stepping into a peaceful haven. There’s one self-catering property you can book to stay for a few days, otherwise it’s the ideal place to visit for a day trip.
To make a full day of it in the summer months, it’s best to go into Papa on a Friday or Saturday, when you can catch the 9am ferry in and then the 18.55 ferry back out again. See the SIC ferry timetable for up to date sailing information. The island doesn’t have a shop so if you are going in for the day, you’ll need to bring your own refreshments. That being said, there’s excellent facilities at the ferry terminal, including information about the island, toilets and a kettle if you want to make a hot brew.