Walk: Birsay noups & geos

Orkney Mainland | Birsay | Short walk | ★★

[Looking east from near the Point of Buckquoy]

Heading east instead of west from the car park for the Brough of Birsay immediately takes you to a quieter section of coastline, but with its own charms and surprises. The coastal path follows the attractive rocky shore to Skipi Geo, originally a Viking harbour but now disused. Grassy hollows by the path here, or nousts, show where boats used to be hauled up from the shore during stormy winter months, with a reconstructed fishermen's hut completing the scene. Before turning back you can continue to a whalebone sculpture looking out to the North Atlantic. Useful for an add-on to visiting the Brough of Birsay, perhaps whilst waiting for the tide, with ever-present Orkney birdlife.

[Skipi Geo]

📌 Walk: Birsay noups & geos ★★
Start / finish at car park at minor road end, Point of Buckquoy, half a mile (20-min walk) northwest of Birsay, Orkney Mainland, G.R.: HY 243284 ///feels.glorified.latitudes

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ Negligible | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Skipi Geo and nousts
Terrain: Narrow, mainly grassy coastal path alongside low cliffs.

Route & map

Car park - Skipi Geo - whalebone sculpture near Skeres Naquer - return by outward route

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Weather: Patchwork of sunshine but cold, northerly wind. Temperatures creeping into low teens.
Wildlife: Ducks at Skipi Geo; skua, shags and oystercatchers seen from the coast path; rabbits.

[Rain showers drifting about over the sea, but sunny on the Mainland]


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