Area: 74 ha (183 acres)
Height: 43 ft (13 meters) above sea level.
National Grid Reference: HY 666 293
The island of Papa Stronsay is owned by the Monastery, which assures us the privacy and solitude that we need to live our life. Papa Stronsay is about 6 minutes by boat to the neighbouring Island of Stronsay. The Name "Papa Stronsay" means "Priests Island of Stronsay". The name from the Papar monks, who inhabited the island, withstood even the Viking invaders who settled Orkney from the 8th century onwards, because of the community of priests – monks, most likely – on Papa Stronsay.
There are no gas, electricity, phone or water lines coming to Papa Stronsay. Electricity is generated by a diesel generator; water is pumped from wells that have been bored into the rock. Heating and hot water are provided by kerosene burners.
The climate on Papa Stronsay (and indeed throughout all of Orkney) is fairly moderate. The Orkney Islands are situated in the Gulf Stream, which means that there are moderate summers and mild winters with very little frost or snow. What we get more than our fair share of is wind! Therefore trees are fairly scarce here. They only grow in places where they can find sufficient shelter. The wind also makes the relatively mild winter temperatures feel much colder.
There are many interesting sites on Papa Stronsay. Here are just a few: