Walk: Rerwick Head - concrete coast
Cliffs, coves and crumbling concrete combine at Rerwick Head to create a nicely varied coastal stroll over a very short distance. WWII defences and gun emplacements add character to this stretch of coastline overlooking Shapinsay Sound - many can flood and / or are dangerous to enter, but a couple still act as excellent lookout points, often with curious seals staring right back. Further on, cliffs rise out of the sea in perfect block shapes, the seaward ends popular with shags and cormorants on our visit.
|[View towards Rerwick Point]|
Name: Walk: Rerwick Head - concrete coast ★★★☆☆
Length: 1 km / <1 mile
Ascent: 10 metres
Points of interest: Rerwick Head coastline & wartime defences
Start / finish: Car park at end of track, Rerwick, G.R.: HY 539116 / provider riverbank lamps
Route: Car park - track north to coast - follow coast east to G.R.: HY 542116 - start
Terrain: Some tracks but mostly faint, grassy paths.
Wildlife today: Seals, fulmars, shags, cormorants, oystercatchers, plover.
Weather today: Sunny with little wind, but a rain shower arriving at the very end of the walk.
Anything else? Accessing the car park involves a final half mile of rough track with a high camber, possibly tricky for cars with very low ground clearance.
|[Coastal defences at Rerwick Head]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands