Walk: Noup Head - Westray's seabird city
|[Small-scale coastal scenery on the approach to Noup Head]|
|[The lighthouse at Noup Head is supposedly accessible by car, but we wouldn't recommend it]|
Name: Walk: Noup Head - Westray's seabird city ★★★★☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 190 metres
Points of interest: RSPB Noup Cliffs and lighthouse
Start / finish: Car park on minor road at Backarass, 2 miles west of Pierowall, G.R.: HY 412482 / icebergs lectured path. Parking area looks unlikely - look out for the information board to check you're in the right place.
Route: Car park - Russa Taing - coastal path to Noup Head lighthouse - track via Noup Farm to start
Terrain: Faint, grassy coastal path to lighthouse, then stony track. Gentle gradients.
Wildlife today: Fulmars and chicks, gannets and chicks, black guillemots, cormorants, a few puffins and numerous other seabirds on cliffs; seals below lighthouse; sheep and cows by return track.
Weather today: Dry but mostly overcast, moderate wind, cool for summer.
Route credit: Walkhighlands