Walk: Start Point - tied to tide tables
|[Crossing to Start Point at mid-tide]|
At high tide, Sanday's dry ground comes to an end at Ayre Sound. A fast flowing tidal current leaves the vertically-striped lighthouse at Start Point isolated and inaccessible, except towards low tide when the channel finally dries up and you can continue to explore the lighthouse, headland and the unexcavated Mount Misery chambered cairn. If (like with us) timings don't work out for you then all is not lost: views across the tidal channel are still excellent from the safety of the mainland side. The Bay of Scuthvie is also worth exploring at low water, with Fair Isle just visible on the northern horizon on clear days.
Name: Walk: Start Point - tied to tide tables ★★★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 10 metres
Points of interest: Scuthvie Bay; Start Point island & lighthouse
Start / finish: Car park at Scuthvie Bay, G.R.: HY 770439 / sandals alerting threaten
Route: Start & Scuthvie Bay - Start Point island & lighthouse - return by outward route. Be aware of tide times for crossing the channel to the lighthouse, and leave enough time to get back.
Terrain: Good track, but crossing to the lighthouse is on slippery stones and seaweed.
Wildlife today: Seals around the channel between Sanday and Start Point; fulmars and a few other seabirds.
Weather today: Sunny, little wind, temperature in low teens.
|[View towards Start Point from the access track]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands