|[Waulkmill Bay from near the car park]|
It doesn't look like much at high water, but low tide reveals Waulkmill Bay to be a fabulous expanse of pristine sand overlooking Scapa Flow. Despite its huge size the beach has a secluded feel, hemmed in by steep ground on two sides and never crowded. Steep ground means a steep access path, but on a sunny day every downhill step (and uphill on the way back) is worth the effort.
Name: Waulkmill Bay ★★★☆☆
Location: Off minor road 5 miles south-west of Kirkwall, G.R.: HY 379064 / relate lifeguard topical
Anything else? From the car park and toilets, the beach is a few hundred metres downhill on a good path with lots of steps.
|[View over Scapa Flow from the path to the beach]|