Walking Orkney: Up Brinkie’s Brae

A walk of panoramic views and stone walls.

as the sun sets, a view over some houses low down in the valley and the Hills of Hoy

We started this walk from Back Road opposite the Old Stromness Academy where the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus is now located.

This part is a steep climb along a narrow path with rocks as step stones. For this reason if you do this walk from this start point then it is not suitable for those with accessibility issues.

the narrow stone steep path with the signpost for Brinkie's Brae

We took this walk on a warm September evening with just a slight breeze. When there has been a lot of rain this path can get very slippy and muddy.

the path with massive rocks and moss

After that first steep hike the path levels off and there are places all along this pathway where you can sit. The views down into Hamnavoe and across to the island of Hoy are tremendous so it is worthwhile to stop and take it all in.

looking down into Stromness Harbour with boats and piers

Once you’ve reached the top, it’s a simple walk downwards and you come to a point where you can choose between a much longer walk or turn and descend between the magnificent stone dykes which line the path and return to Back Road via Grieveship Brae.

the path downwards with a stone seat

This is a great walk whichever length you choose to take and we made a short film which you can watch here:

The Sandwick Stroller

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