Walk: Sacquoy Head's assault on the senses

Orkney | Rousay | Half day walk | ★★★

[Kilns of Brin-Novan blowholes]

With screeching arctic terns, a smelly geo (appropriately named Stinkanie), and dramatic blowholes and natural arches to peer into, a visit to Sacquoy Head is a truly multi-sensory experience. During summer the territorial terns will dive at you (but shouldn't make contact), protecting their breeding grounds just inland from the coast. Come prepared with a walking pole or umbrella if you find the idea of this unsettling.

[Seals hauled out at Ouse Bar]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Sacquoy Head's assault on the senses ★★★
Start / finish on minor road at Saviskaill, Rousay, G.R.: HY 401335 ///novels.lifeboats.driving
🚌 Bus on demand, connecting with ferry terminal | 🚗 Tiny car park

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 110 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: Stinkanie Geo; Ouse Bar seals; Kilns of Brin-Novan blowholes
Moderate | Tarmac then stone track to Skatequoy Farm, then mostly pathless on short grass. Some wet spots after Skatequoy, depending on choice of route.

Route: Car park - Skatequoy Farm - coastline due north of farm - Stinkanie Geo - Ouse Bar - Kilns of Brin-Novan - return by outward route

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On our visit

Wildlife: Fierce arctic terns, arctic skua, many seals at Ouse Bar, fulmars and chicks.
Weather: Cool and overcast, some light rain on the way back.

[Sheep, sky and Saviskaill Bay, seen from near the start]


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