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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Holm of Papa Westray Central
Country: Scotland County: Orkney Type: Chambered Cairn
Nearest Town: Pierowall, Westray  Nearest Village: Papa Westray
Map Ref: HY50705185
Latitude: 59.350084N  Longitude: 2.868666W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
1 Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
2 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
2 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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A possible cairn is recorded on Canmore, close to the very well preserved South Chambered Cairn. It is described as being a grassy mound, 12m in diameter and standing up to 0.5m high. There are potentially three slabs protruding, but these are apparently only stumps and were not evident when we visited the location in June 2016. More information is available on Canmore

Note: More information can be found on Canmore ID 3244.
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Nearby Images from Geograph Britain and Ireland:
HY5051 : Info Board, Holm of Papa Westray Cairn by hayley green
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HY5051 : Inside the chambered cairn on the Holm of Papa Westray by hayley green
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HY5051 : Approaching the tomb / chambered cairn by hayley green
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HY5051 : Holm of Papay by Isla17
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HY5051 : Looking back at the Holm of Papay, from the water by hayley green
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 210m E 95° Holm of Papa Westray South* Chambered Cairn (HY50915183)
 502m NNW 328° Holm of Papa Westray North* Chambered Cairn (HY50445228)
 1.4km SW 226° St Tredwell's Chapel Stone Row / Alignment (HY497509)
 2.1km WNW 294° St Boniface's Church Hog Back Stone* Early Christian Sculptured Stone (HY48825270)
 2.1km WNW 294° Munkerhoose* Ancient Village or Settlement (HY48785274)
 2.4km W 268° Knap of Howar* Ancient Village or Settlement (HY483518)
 5.0km WSW 253° Vere Point (Westray) Chambered Cairn (HY45845046)
 6.0km SW 223° Tofts Ness (Sanday) Cairn (HY4654547449)
 6.8km SSW 192° East Surrigarth (Westray) Chambered Cairn (HY49214520)
 7.3km WSW 247° Pierowall Quarry* Chambered Cairn (HY43894905)
 7.8km WSW 242° Westray Heritage Centre* Museum (HY43724825)
 8.3km WSW 251° Links of Noltland* Ancient Village or Settlement (HY42804930)
 8.8km WSW 238° Curquoy, Westray Cairn (HY431473)
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 9.2km WSW 237° Knucker Hill (Westray) Chambered Cairn (HY4287547013)
 10.4km SW 224° Fitty Hill (Westray) Chambered Cairn (HY43324451)
 10.9km SW 221° Powdykes (Westray) Chambered Cairn (HY4343543627)
 12.0km SSW 213° Berst Ness Ancient Village or Settlement (HY441418)
 13.3km SSE 159° Linkertaing* Chambered Cairn (HY55393937)
 14.0km S 171° Faray Chambered Cairn (HY52743797)
 14.2km SSE 156° Carrick House* Chambered Cairn (HY56363880)
 14.7km SSE 158° Vinquoy* Chambered Cairn (HY56013809)
 15.0km SSE 151° Calf of Eday (Long) Chambered Cairn (HY57863861)
 15.1km SSE 151° Calf of Eday, North West Round Cairn (HY57883858)
 15.1km SSE 151° Calf of Eday Southeast Chambered Cairn (HY57923852)
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Re: Holm of Papa Westray South by AKFisher on Sunday, 14 April 2024
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Additional information links:
1. archaeologyorkney.com/tombs-of-the-isles/papa-westray/holm-of-papa-westray-centre/
2. canmore.org.uk/site/3244/papa-westray-holm-of-papa-westray-centre#details
3. canmore.org.uk/event/1132605 (field visit)
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Re: Holm of Papa Westray South by Andy B on Saturday, 10 March 2018
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This seems to be a redundant page - all info should be moved to the other Holm of Papa Westray South page and delete this one
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    Re: Holm of Papa Westray South by PAB on Friday, 08 March 2019
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    Andy, as you've said, this is a duplicate - all the content relates to the 'real' South Cairn with the Grid Ref HY50915184.

    There IS a chambered cairn shown on the OS Map at HY50705184 - but there was no sign of this on the ground

    The 2 comments which have been added do however need to be transferred to the proper South Cairn though, or they would disappear if the false one is simply deleted.
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Re: Holm of Papa Westray South by Kinsalegreg on Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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Many thanks for the photos. I did not get there on my last trip to Orkney but certainly will visit next time.
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Re: Holm of Papa Westray South by PAB on Wednesday, 22 June 2016
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"New for 2016": Holm of Papay guided tours – boat trips to the Holm to visit the chambered burial cairns. For information on prices and times contact Jonathan, the Papay Ranger – details available on http://www.papawestray.co.uk

We were fortunate enough to visit Papa Westray on a day that the Ranger was taking a group over - a real delight, especially as it was unexpected!
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