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Shapinsay by bike with RSPB Scotland

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Shapinsay has many brilliant spots to visit and explore, and doing so by bike will give you an appetite for lunch and perhaps coffee and cake afterwards in the Smithy cafe.

We’ll adapt our route to make the most of the weather (including wind direction!) and wildlife on the day. Possible stops include Mill Dam nature reserve, a wetland home to many breeding ducks and waders, as well as Vasa Loch, the Ouse and Lairo Water and Mor Stane. There may be a good opportunity to leave the bikes and stretch our legs along the coast as well.

We’ll return in time for the 3.15 pm ferry, but for those who’d like to stay a little longer there is another sailing at 4.45 pm, leaving you time to explore Balfour village further and perhaps visit the Heritage Centre with its displays of photographs, documents and artefacts relating to the island’s history.

Over the course of the day we will cover up to about 16 km by bike at a gentle pace, with many stops to enjoy wildlife spots and the possibility of a walk of up to about 2 km. All ages welcome as long as participants are comfortable cycling on roads.

You’ll find details of ferries at www.orkneyferries.co.uk. For those travelling to Shapinsay, we have timed the event to fit with the 9.45-10.10 am Kirkwall-Shapinsay sailing, returning Shapinsay-Kirkwall 3.15-4.40 pm or 4.45-5.10 pm (please book your own ticket).

Image: Mill Dam nature reserve, Shapinsay

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