Papa Stour History & Community Group

Papa Stour;

a small island off the west coast of Shetland.

Thank you for visiting the Papa Stour History and Community Group’s website, we hope your being here means you’d like to learn more about the wonderful island of Papa Stour, it’s history and people. Or maybe you’re even thinking of visiting! We would love to welcome you so please do take a look around and if you have any questions, you can contact us through our Facebook page. Our short video gives an insight into life on Papa but to truly experience it, you need to come see it for yourself! 

To stay up to date on all news Papa Stour and our progression on the restoration of the Kirk, please follow us over on Faceook or if you would like to know more about any of our work, please get in touch via email.



Information on how to get to Papa Stour and what you can enjoy while you're here.


Learn more about the incredible and diverse history of Papa Stour.


View the beautiful and unique rock formations found on Papa Stour.

About Us

Who are the Papa Stour History and Community Group?

The Shetland island of Papa Stour has been experiencing significant depopulation over the last forty years, and the Papa Stour History and Community Group (SCIO) (PSHCG) was formed and constituted as a registered charity, to support and enhance all aspects of island life. Group members are resident islanders, local crofters and homeowners, and people with familial and social connections. There are eight trustees, and more than 40 members and ‘Friends of Papa Stour’. 

Kirk Development Project

Click here to learn more about the history of the Kirk and how PHCG came to purchase the kirk with the view to refurbish it for the community.

Kirk Project Site Works

Work on site commenced March 2023. Click here to see the progression of the regeneration of our Kirk.

Charity cards for sale

Local artists generously gave permission for the Papa Stour History and Community Group to use their island inspired paintings to produce a unique, stunning set of six cards, sold in aid of the Papa Kirk Development project. The group exists to enhance and support all aspects of life on Papa Stour, and the Kirk project will be a focus for island renewal initiatives preventing depopulation and keeping Papa viable. 

Solar Panels Appeal

We applied for planning consent to site 12 solar panels high up on the south side of the roof – the seaward side. We have grant money to pay for the solar panels (which expires in August) and wanted to fix the solar panels while the scaffold is in place. This cannot now happen and we are faced with considerably more costs to bring in and erect another scaffold if and when our planning appeal is successful.