Papa Stour is essentially a crofting community with six working crofts. Crofting is a way of life. It can be hard work but also very rewarding. All six crofts have sheep, some have hens, grow their own vegetables and Shetland Kale. Due to the lateness of spring in these northern latitudes lambing is not until April or May. Lambing is followed by annual sheep shearing. Every summer grass is cut to make either silage and/or hay for winter fodder. In the autumn lambs are sold and the ewes then allowed to rest before going to the tups again late November / early December. And so the yearly cycle starts once again.

Text used with the kind permission of Jane Puckey from