The Kelp Store

The Kelp Store near the Old Pier has been renovated by Papay Development Trust, and it is now open as a Craft & Heritage Centre. It was used for storing kelp – an alkali substance produced by burning seaweed which was in great demand by the soap- and glass-making industries. In the boom years of the early 19th Century Papay was producing more kelp per capita than any other island, making a substantial fortune for the island’s laird. The Craft & Heritage Centre is always open, and its cabinets house a captivating collection of artefacts and information about all aspects of the island’s heritage and displays of crafts made on the island. The facilities include toilets.