Walk: Sacquoy Head's assault on the senses

[Kilns of Brin-Novan blowholes]

With screeching arctic terns, a smelly geo (appropriately named Stinkanie), and dramatic blowholes and natural arches to peer into, a visit to Sacquoy Head is a truly multi-sensory experience. During summer the territorial terns will dive at you (but shouldn't make contact), protecting their breeding grounds just inland from the coast. Come prepared with a walking pole or umbrella if you find the idea of this unsettling.

[Seals hauled out at Ouse Bar]

Name: Walk: Sacquoy Head's assault on the senses ★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 110 metres
Points of interest: Stinkanie Geo; Ouse Bar seals; Kilns of Brin-Novan blowholes
Start / finish: Tiny car park on minor road at Saviskaill, G.R.: HY 401335 / novels lifeboats driving

Route: Start - Skatequoy Farm - coastline due north of farm - Stinkanie Geo - Ouse Bar - Kilns of Brin-Novan - return by outward route.
Terrain: Tarmac then stone track to Skatequoy Farm, then mostly pathless on short grass. Briefly wet after Skatequoy if unlucky with choice of route, as we were on the return.
Wildlife today: Fierce arctic terns, arctic skua, many seals at Ouse Bar, fulmars and chicks.
Weather today: Cool and overcast, some light rain on the way back.

[Sheep, sky and Saviskaill Bay, seen from near the start]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Walk: Northern Iona - closer to heaven

Riverside Museum

Walk: Mull's Ben More (and more)