Project Description

WALKS

Here is an opportunity for outdoor activity during the Festival. Orkney wildlife guide Megan Taylor of Wild Orkney Walks has put together a special programme of walks in varied parts of Orkney, to provide a range of hill views and coastal scenes. “My aim,” she says, “is to take you off the beaten track where you can see some different wildlife and enjoy Orkney scenery.

The walks are in very small groups, with a maximum of 6 people.

“All walks will require proper footwear for walking (wellies/walking boots) and warm waterproof clothing,” she says. “People are advised to bring a drink/snack, and for full day walks a picnic is required. Binoculars and cameras are also recommended.”

Megan’s walks are much in demand, with many glowing five-star reviews.

“We learned so so much from Megan, cannot recommend highly enough, especially if you want to find some hidden gems.”

“The two walks were a major highlight of our holiday, the knowledge gained will stick forever, so worth every penny.”

The walks are subject to Wild Orkney Walks’ Terms and Conditions.

WALK: ORPHIR BAY CIRCULAR

September 2 → 10:00 am1:00 pm

”One of my favourite walks on my local patch, this 2-3 mile circular walk follows a path along the Orphir coastline with views out over Scapa Flow and the islands. Discover the wildlife that you can find in a variety of habitats, including a small pocket of woodland. The walk is on a mixture of paths and quiet roads."

WALK: YESNABY NORTH

September 3 → 10:00 am1:00 pm

”On a clear day there are stunning views of the cliffs to the north. This is a beautiful stretch of coast with lots of interesting features and wildlife to be seen.”

WALK: YESNABY SOUTH

September 3 → 2:00 pm5:00 pm

“We follow the coastline past Yesnaby Castle, towards North Gaulton. On a clear day, it is possible to get good views of the Old Man of Hoy. This is a beautiful stretch of coast with lots of interesting features.”

WALK: GRUF HILL, ORPHIR

September 4 → 10:00 am1:00 pm

”Although just a small hill, the views from the top of Gruf Hill are absolutely stunning on a clear day, with visibility stretching right over Scapa Flow to mainland Scotland.”

WALK: ORPHIR’S WARD HILL

September 5 → 11:00 am5:00 pm

”Although the path is rough and steep in places, the walk is at a leisurely pace so we can take in the views and keep an eye out for wildlife. This is a beautiful area and the views from the top are well worth the effort. Walking can be rough and wet underfoot. Please bring a picnic.“

WALK: BURWICK COASTLINE

September 6 → 2:00 pm5:00 pm

”There are stunning views over Scapa Flow, the islands and of course the Pentland Firth and Caithness. This area can be a good place for seeing cetaceans and seabirds.”

OUTING AND WALK: FLOTTA – A HIDDEN GEM

September 7 → 7:45 am5:15 pm

”Our island adventure will start with the ferry from Houton where we can look out for seabirds and cetaceans on the crossing. Once on Flotta, we will enjoy a leisurely walk round the island enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Please bring a picnic. Please note the ferry fare is included in the price.”

WALK: SWANBISTER CIRCULAR

September 8 → 1:00 pm5:00 pm

”This is one of my favourite walks, through farmland then along the coast of Scapa Flow with lovely views, before coming back in land, and through a small pocket of woodland. The walk is on a mixture of farm tracks, coastal paths and quiet roads. Take a snack/drink with you. “