Walk: Holborn Head a-Hoy!

Highland | Scrabster | Half day walk | ★★★★

[Return to Scrabster]

You'll probably hope the scenery's going to get better as you leave decidedly functional Scrabster. Not that that's hard, and fortunately all seems right with the world again as you pass the little lighthouse at the port's northern end, and sheep soon outnumber ships once more. 3 miles of excellent coastal scenery starts here, with numerous stacks, arches, high cliffs and layered rock formations looking like place mats stacked on top of each other. Orkney is also well seen from here, including the famous Old Man of Hoy sea stack. Don't forget to watch your feet as well - uneven surfaces and big drops mean a slip here could be very bad news. Plus those random blowholes just waiting to swallow you up...

[Clett stack]

đź“Ś Walk: Holborn Head a-Hoy! ★★★★
Start / finish at car park on A9, Scrabster Harbour, G.R.: ND 100703 ///hikes.storms.glimmers

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 120 m | ⌚ Half a day | Easy
Features: Holborn Head coastline
Terrain: Paths mostly on short grass and occasionally very close to cliff edges; track then minor road for return.

Route & map

Car park - Scrabster lighthouse - Holborn Head - Spear Head - Heron Craig - Nells Cottage - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep, some worryingly close to the cliff edges; a few seabirds.
Weather: Mostly sunny with a stiff breeze.

[Inlet at Heron Craig]

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