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Older than Skara Brae

There's not much to do on Papa Westray other than this, but that doesn't detract from it, this is... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
Allan M
Newport, United Kingdom
One of the oldest settlements in Scotland

This archaeological site lays in a beautiful location, overlooking the sea. One of the oldest sites... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2018

There's not much to do on Papa Westray other than this, but that doesn't detract from it, this is an incredible experience and privilege, to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors from c. 3000BC in what is thought to be the oldest preserved stone...More

Thank Allan M
Reviewed 16 June 2018

This archaeological site lays in a beautiful location, overlooking the sea. One of the oldest sites in Scotland, well worth a visit. If you do, please be mindful. This site has been around for generations lets keep it for more to come.

Thank MDHarding
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were the only tourists on the morning flight . The Knap was our first sight on the walking roundtrip. Being do lightly visited, You can walk into the remains of the house. Very interesting and unique. Strongly recommended! Not often one...More

1  Thank Ursus_Polaris
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

If you make it to Papa Westray then this is the No1 site to visit We travelled over on a small ferry from Pierowall and hired bikes from the Papay Ranger to get round the island The Knap is impressive and older - 3600BC -...More

3  Thank John T
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This is a great site to visit - remote, beautiful and isolated. Worth finding a spot out of the wind in the sun, and sit on the comfy, soft grass!!

Thank Edmo1066
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

We travelled over from Westray for the day, the weather turned torrential but we adored it anyway. Older than skara brae, free and totally awesome. If you like amusements arcades and fun fairs avoid.

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Your own private Scarra brae. No one else arround. One main house with a workshop on the side. Better than Scarra brae because you're on your own, but it's not as big.

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Having been to Skara Brae and was impressed I was surprised that the building on Papa Westray was even older. It's in the same good condition but in an area at the bottom of a field with only a small notice board.

Thank DGY-Eaglescliffe
Reviewed 18 July 2017

The Knap of Howar consists of two Stone Age dwellings in very good preserved condition. It sits right above the rocks and the sea, though at one time the sea was far away - it has come closer and closer over the years. In good...More

1  Thank glen1goodboy
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a neolithic site, on western part of island of Papa Westray in northern Orkney Islands. Has rock structure similar to Skara Brae in Mainland. Its a 20 minute walk from the airport and 15 minutes from the Papa Westray Hostel. Just follow the...More

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