West Coast Walk Stage 2: Bay of Skaill to Birsay

The west coast of Mainland Orkney has some spectacular cliff scenery, and has stiles to aid walking all the way from Stromness in the south to the Brough of Birsay in the north. This is the second part of the west coast walk, starting from the Bay of Skaill. Note that this is a linear walk requiring return transport.


Mostly faint grassy clifftop path, a little tussocky in places.

Public Transport

The Bay of Skaill can be reached using the Skara Brae bus from Kirkwall; the bus also serves Birsay (near the Palace village).


Toilets and parking area at the Bay of Skaill (north of Skara Brae). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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