Spoof brochure for non-existent Orkney island 'Mama Westray' boasts of fish-eating pigs

  • Spoof guide to the remote Scottish island of Mama Westray has surfaced at various locations in Orkney 
  • The professional looking brochure claims island is home to fish-eating pigs and the 'tomb of the haddock'
  • Residents on the real island of Papa Westray, also known as Papay, are worried the brochure will confuse tourists

Its attractions include fish-eating pigs, the tomb of the haddock and potential sightings of Cate Blanchett.

However, tourists desperate to visit the remote Scottish island of Mama Westray face one major problem - it doesn't exist.

The fake destination has sprung to life in a spoof but professionally produced brochure distributed around the Orkney islands.  

The colourful guide (pictured) features various photoshopped images and claims to be home to fish-eating pigs (left)

The colourful guide (pictured) features various photoshopped images and claims to be home to fish-eating pigs (left)

The front page of the brochure
The professional looking brochure has had locals on the real island of Papa Westray (pictured) worried that potential visitors might be confused by the spoof guide

A spoof guide to Mama Westray (left) has surfaced at various locations in Orkney. The professional looking brochure has had locals on the real island of Papa Westray (pictured) worried that potential visitors might be confused by the spoof guide

The brochure claims that Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett is a regular visitor

The brochure claims that Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett is a regular visitor

Chief among the island's attractions, the guide book claims,  are the famous fish eating pigs who have been trained to eat surplus catch that must be thrown back into the sea under EU regulations.

The guide goes on to say that the younger pigs are fitted with flotation devices until they are able to swim on their own.

Unfortunately due to their diet, the pork from the pigs have an 'unpleasant flavour, reminiscent of rotten squid' according to the brochure, but it is supposedly popular in Japan where the meat is served alongside starfish puree and pickled frogs eggs.

While highlighting the 'exceptional' seafood on the island, the guide warned that visitors will not actually get to taste any as the entire catch is shipped to Spain.

However, the guide advised that the harbour is the place to enjoy restaurants with an 'international reputation', which, according to the images, features Burger King.

Tourists should not miss The Tropical Gardens of Nether Biggings, 'the world-famous Tomb of the Haddock', Hall of McFlummery and an annual Ratsmack event according to the guide. 

Mama Westray's star attraction has to be regular visitor Cate Blanchett, whose pedal car is kept in a garage at the airport according to the spoof guide.

The brochure has been well received on Twitter, with dozens of users praising it on line.

'I am number 3' simply wrote 'this is genius' while Adrian Toll said: 'I have a feeling this is the kind of thing that will keep me busy if I ever retire.'

However, while obviously created for fun, the professional looking brochure has had locals on the real island of Papa Westray worried that potential visitors might be confused by the spoof guide according to the .

Papa Westray is one of the smallest islands in Orkney and is home to Knap of Howar, a monument that dates back to around 3,800 BC. 

Also known as Papay, the island only has a population of 90, according to the 2011 census. 

It can be visited by taking an Orkney ferry or plane. And it is where the world's shortest flight, just two minutes, from Papa Westray to Westray sets off.

The producer of the guide is currently unknown.  

Barbara Foulkes, VisitScotland's Island Manager for Orkney told MailOnline Travel: 'While this guide is certainly entertaining and inventive, 'attractions' such as the Tomb of Haddock have nothing on the fantastic real attractions to be found on Papa Westray.

'From the world's shortest flight - between Papa Westary and Westray - to the fascinating prehistoric Knap of Howar, the island boasts a wonderful history and heritage for visitors, maybe even Cate Blanchett, to explore!' 

Papa Westray is one of the smallest islands in Orkney and is home to Knap of Howar, a monument that dates back to around 3,800 BC

Papa Westray is one of the smallest islands in Orkney and is home to Knap of Howar, a monument that dates back to around 3,800 BC

 

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