By Bernie Bell
Pics by B&M Bell
Last November we had a wonder-full walk to Rose Ness in Holm… https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/12/04/rose-ness-on-a-sunny-sunday/ and thought that, another time, we’d turn left at the sign and walk along the cliffs towards Stembister.
The other time arrived, and on a beautifully sunny day in July, with just enough breeze from the sea to keep us comfortable, we walked along the top of the cliffs of the Bay of Semolie…
There isn’t a distinct path, but it’s easy enough to see the way and you can pick up on a sheep trail in places.
We were looking ahead and across to Copinsay – Spellcheck always offers Popinjay!….
….and back to Rose Ness…..
This stretch of coast has some interesting geos……
…full of seabirds, and even flowers…
A sea-stack and a natural rock arch…..
Sculptured rock shapes – sculpted by wind and waves….
A little way past Long Geo we sat on the grass to eat our sandwiches, with the sun shining and the sea sparkling, surrounded by fluttering Meadow Brown and Common Blue butterflies, and a closer view of the nearby cliffs….
…and thought – who needs to go away for a holiday?
It’s possible to walk right along to Stembister, but enough was enough for me for the day, and we wended our way back to the car.
Next time, we plan to park at Stembister and walk Rose Ness-wards.
That’s often what happens – we go for a walk, and another walk presents itself – for another day…..