This fertile island has been formed from volcanic rock that has been eroded by the sea to form spectacular sea caves, natural tunnels, arches, blow holes, stacs and subterranean passages.
Brei Holm at the entrance to the harbour was once a leper colony, with suspected leprosy sufferers from the Mainland being banished here. Also banished to Papa Stour was Edwin Lindsay, an Indian army officer, and younger son of the 6th Earl of Balcarres. In 1809, after refusing to fight a duel, he was declared insane by his family and sent to Papa Stour where he remained a prisoner for 26 years.
Ferry from West Burrafirth.