Walk: Rerwick Head - concrete coast

Orkney Mainland | Tankerness | Short walk | ★★★

[Rerwick Head]

Cliffs, coves and crumbling concrete combine at Rerwick Head to create a nicely varied coastal stroll over a very short distance. WWII defences and gun emplacements add character to this stretch of coastline overlooking Shapinsay Sound - many can flood and / or are dangerous to enter, but a couple still act as excellent lookout points, often with curious seals staring right back. Further on, cliffs rise out of the sea in perfect block shapes, the seaward ends popular with shags and cormorants on our visit.

[View towards Rerwick Point]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Rerwick Head - concrete coast ★★★
Start / finish at track end, Rerwick, Orkney Mainland, G.R.: HY 539116 ///provider.riverbank.lamps
❌ No public transport within 1 mi | 🚗 Car park - last 0.5 mi on rough track with high camber (not advised for vehicles with very low ground clearance)

▶ 1 km / <1 mi | ▲ 10 m | ⌚ Short
Features: Rerwick Head coastline & wartime defences
Easy | Some tracks but mostly faint, grassy paths.

Route: Start - track north to coast - follow coast east to G.R.: HY 542116 - start

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On our visit

Wildlife: Seals, fulmars, shags, cormorants, oystercatchers, plover.
Weather: Sunny with little wind, but a rain shower arriving at the very end of the walk.

[Coastal defences at Rerwick Head]


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