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West Westray walk with RSPB Scotland

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This 12 km cliff-top hike from Kirbest to Noup Head offers spectacular scenery and wildlife-watching.

The cliffs are home to thousands of breeding seabirds, culminating in the clamorous gannetry at RSPB Scotland Noup Cliffs nature reserve. The whole route offers superb coastal views with a chance of spotting whales out to sea. Skuas and terns nest inland, wildflowers will be starting to flower along the way and Noup Head lighthouse stands at the furthest tip of the headland.

What more could you want – except late afternoon fish and chips at the Pierowall Hotel?

This is a remote walk over a variety of coastal terrain, covering roughly 12 km over about four hours for those who wish to reach Noup Head lighthouse. It is possible to stop short of that point, where the minibus will pick us up, at about 8 km.

You’ll find details of ferries at www.orkneyferries.co.uk. For those travelling to Westray, we have timed the event to fit with the 9.40-11.05 am Kirkwall-Rapness sailing, returning Rapness-Kirkwall 5.55-7.20 pm.

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