The Knap O' Howar

The Knap O' Howar, Papa Westray: Tickets, Tours, Address, The Knap O' Howar Reviews: 5/5

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Dom
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK274 contributions
Oldest building in northern Europe
Sep 2021 • Couples
A day trip here (from Westray) is a must. To visit northern Europe's oldest building and have it all to yourself.
We got the boat from Westray and walked up and down the small island for the day. Hardly saw anyone else at all.
Written September 1, 2021
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H L
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK161 contributions
An absolute must on Papa Westray
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is the oldest stone built house in Europe. The dresser, fireplace, quernstone, sleeping areas and storeroom areas are all clearly visible.
It is a short walk down from the farm.
It is astonishing!
Written August 20, 2021
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corindac2018
44 contributions
Worth it!
Jun 2021
The Knap O'Howar is like a smaller version of Skara Brae and was discovered in the same way. However, you will probably have it to yourself, and you can get a lot closer than at Skara. It's a bit of a trudge across a field - but stunningly worth it when you get there.
Written June 30, 2021
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Shieldsman
Maidenhead, England424 contributions
The oldest standing house in Northern Europe, complete with fitted furniture
Jul 2019
The Knapp of Howar is right on the edge of the sea on Papa Westray, accessed through a rough field. Unlike sites on Mainland Orkney, you're likely to have thisto yourself. It's well worth continuing on north to St Boniface Kirk. With a little planning it's easily accessible from Kirkwall by ferry to Westray, bus over Westray, then another ferry to Papa Westray. Then it's only a couple of miles to walk.
Written August 20, 2019
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Dunyazade
Arlington, VA322 contributions
Older than Skara Brae - up close and personal
Jun 2019 • Couples
You can feel the difference when you enter the rooms -- The ever-present wind suddenly is no longer roaring in your ears and you understand: The neolithic people who built this settlement, perhaps 500 years before Skara Brae on Mainland Orkney, probably were not much different from yourself. They would have wanted shelter, warmth, and places to store and organize their belongings and foodstuffs. Unlike Skara Brae, you can walk and sit inside these houses, try your hand at the quernstone, and feel much more vividly an echo of life long ago.
Written June 27, 2019
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Finian48
Glasgow, UK87 contributions
Visit to the Knap O' Howar
May 2019 • Couples
Recently visited the Knap O' Howar. Interesting and well maintained ancient monument. Good information board.
Written May 7, 2019
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Josephine L
Penzance, UK146 contributions
Well worth a visit
Apr 2019 • Couples
Well worth a visit, intriguing look in to life thousands of years ago, fascinating sight over looking the sea. We had an excellent guide who gave us a comprehensive insight into life on Papa Westray, from the distant pass to present day.
Written April 18, 2019
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Sonnie2403
Maarssen, The Netherlands163 contributions
Nice place
Jul 2018 • Couples
We have been to Scara Brae years ago and skipped it this year because the shiploads of busses.. But on our daytrip to Papa Westray by bicycle and on foot we went to this place and loved it. It is a sort of mini-Scara Brae but without other people. We had the place to ourselves and spent there a while just relaxing and enjoying the Knap, the location and the views
Written November 11, 2018
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Allan M
Newport, UK131 contributions
Older than Skara Brae
Sep 2017
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 house in Northern Europe. If there are cows in the adjacent field, do be careful though.
Written August 23, 2018
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MDHarding
Edinburgh, UK514 contributions
One of the oldest settlements in Scotland
May 2018 • Solo
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.
Written June 16, 2018
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