Walk: Birsay noups & geos
|[Looking east from near the Point of Buckquoy]|
Heading east instead of west from the car park for the Brough of Birsay immediately takes you to a quieter section of coastline, but with its own charms and surprises. The coastal path follows the attractive rocky shore to Skipi Geo, originally a Viking harbour but now disused. Grassy hollows by the path here, or nousts, show where boats used to be hauled up from the shore during stormy winter months, with a reconstructed fishermen's hut completing the scene. Before turning back you can continue to a whalebone sculpture looking out to the North Atlantic. Useful for an add-on to visiting the Brough of Birsay, perhaps whilst waiting for the tide, with ever-present Orkney birdlife.
Name: Walk: Birsay noups & geos ★★☆☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Points of interest: Skipi Geo and nousts
Start / finish: Car park at minor road end, Point of Buckquoy, Birsay, G.R.: HY 243284 / feels glorified latitudes
Route: Car park - Skipi Geo - whalebone sculpture near Skeres Naquer - return by outward route
Terrain: Narrow, mainly grassy coastal path alongside low cliffs.
Weather today: Patchwork of sunshine with a cold, northerly wind. Temperatures creeping into the low teens.
Wildlife today: Ducks at Skipi Geo; skua, shags and oystercatchers seen from the coast path; rabbits.
|[Rain showers drifting about over the sea, but sunny on the Mainland]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track