Papa Stour

Which belongs to Scotland Shetland island Papa Stour is just a few kilometers north- west of the main island of Mainland, from which it is separated by the Sound of Papa and 32 kilometers from the main town of Lerwick. Consist After Mainland regular ferry and (rare ) flight connections.

Papa Stour is about 4.5 × 3 kilometers and has an area of ​​over 8 sq. km. The highest elevation in the hilly and treeless island is 86 meters.

Today around 25 people live in the eastern part of the island in particular of animal husbandry. Once in the 1950s, the island is increasingly depopulated, was launched by the government, a first successful project for the resettlement of the island. In recent years, however, the population is declining again.

The name of the island of Papa Stour points to an early settlement of Christian priests. About 5,000 year-old remains scant evidence of a pre-Christian settlement in the Neolithic period.

In the uninhabited west of the island there are numerous rare plant and bird species. Particularly on the steep and partly bizarre bluffs ( here are just a rock pinnacle and situated in the sea archway call ) breed numerous seabirds.