Balfour coast walk, Shapinsay

Balfour is the tiny but attractive capital of Shapinsay, served by regular ferry from Kirkwall. The walk takes views of the Scots Baronial Castle (private) and offers a mix of easy grassy walking and rougher tidal shoreline with the chance to see seals as well as plentiful birdlife. The return is along a minor road, visiting a hide overlooking the RSPB's Mill Dam reserve. This walk should not be attempted at high tide.


Grassy path, then rough pebbly shoreline. Final section is on tarmac road.

Public Transport

Shapinsay is served by regular ferry from Kirkwall; the walk begins from the pier.


Ferry pier, Isle of Shapinsay. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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