Shapinsay, Stronsay and Eday

Shapinsay, Stronsay and Eday

The island of Stronsay has a magnificent coastal arch - the Vat of Kirbuster - part of a fine cliff-top walk in the southeast. It also has several superb sandy beaches.Eday is hillier and also offers some good walking, with a circuit taking in War Ness and Ward Hill in the south, and the fine Heritage Walk in the north, which gives both fascinating archaeology and dramatic scenery.

Shapinsay is the most easily-accessed of these three islands, the approach by ferry from Kirkwall dominated by the majestic Scots Baronial mansion of Balfour Castle. The island has an RPSB bird reserve at Mill Loch, a fine broch at Burroughston in the north, and some interesting coastal scenery in the east.


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