Walking Orkney, Birsay – Around the Bay

A walk of sand dunes and rabbits.

For this walk we started in Palace village, Birsay. There is a small car park or you can take public transport – bus no. 7.

Cross the bridge and on your right there is a sign for a pathway.

a grassy path leads slightly uphill with a sign for The St Magnus Way

This walk is also part of the St Magnus Way and along the route you will see signs for people taking that journey.

It is a grassy path all of the way and mostly easy going. The day we went it was wet and quite breezy but this did not detract from the stunning views.

After a short distance you come to a gate to pass through – please remember to close this.

a wooden gate tied with a piece of rope

As you can see when we took this walk the tide was out and we could have spent some time on the beach but the weather was not the kind to hang around in – that could be for another day.

The sand dunes are filled with rabbit burrows.

huge sand dunes filled with deep rabbit burrows

Take your time to look for the flora too on this coastal path.

On this walk you can really apprecaite the curve and sweep of the bay.

the sandy beach and the curve of the bay with the brough of birsay in the distance

The markers for the St Magnus way keep you on the right path and you can continue along the coast to Marwick. Alternatively you can walk on up to the B9056 ( on Mon, Thurs, and Sat the 8S passes this way) walk back to Palace village via the road, or turnabout and return the way you came.

where the paths diverge in the distance is the B9056

This is a super walk away from the crowds which tend to flock to the other side of Birsay Bay beside the Brough.

abandoned creel on the beach

The Sandwick Stroller

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