Skara Brae to Stromness

  • Yesnaby castle stack - © Flickr user: Paul Stephenson
  • Beach and sculpture, Scara Brae - © William Mackesy
  • Beach sculpture - © William Mackesy
  • Skara Brae - © William Mackesy
  • Broch of Borwick - © wikipedia- uploaded by Otter

Key information: Skara Brae to Stromness

  • Beautiful cliff-top walking and stacks (sorry sea-stacks) of interest - seals, birdlife, ancient brochs, even older Skara Brae Neolithic village - great stretches of it in wild and very remote feeling landscape.
  • Always unpredictable weather. Come prepared.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating86
  • Note: Neg: likely bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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Beach and sculpture, Scara Brae - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

This walk is 26km (16+ miles) long, and you might want to choose a shorter stretch, although it has beautiful cliff-top walking and stacks (sorry sea-stacks) of interest - seals, birdlife, ancient brochs, even older Skara Brae Neolithic village - reat stretches of it in wild and very remote feeling landscape. It deserves to be ranked with Britain's famous coastal paths.

Shorter stretches could be Skara Brae south to Yesnaby, taking in the Broch of Borwick; Yesnaby south to Breck Ness, longer but the finest stretch, taking in the Yesnaby Castle stack; or the cliffs nearer Stromness.

The paths vary, but are not on the whole formal footpaths, and can involve some simple routefinding. See the Cicerone guide for details.

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Skara Brae - © William Mackesy

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