SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER, 2010
GILLS BAY TO DUNNET – 20 MILES 9 HOURS
MORRIS, GEORGE, BILL, ALEX, COLIN, DEREK, JAMES, JOHN, KEITH
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 664 MILES
Keith joined us for the next two days. After an excellent breakfast we set off sharp, back to Gills Bay knowing we had some miles to make up from the previous day. The weather forecast was good and we set off from the ferry port at Gills Bay making our way to the top of the grass banking above the very slippery and rocky shore. We were able to walk on a vague path on top of the banking or the rocky shore to Head of Crees and round Scotland’s Haven. The skies had brightened and we had clear views of Stroma and Orkney to the north. Edging the fields above the shore we made our way round St John’s point, viewing the Men of Mey rocks, passing Long Goe farm and the Castle of Mey (most northerly castle on mainland )to the pier at Harrow. After a short tea break we walked on round Tang Head to Scarfskerry (scarfs are cormorants and skerry is a rock) where small geos forced us to walk thru the village on the road and we rejoined the shore at the harbour (the Haven). In times gone by a ferry ran from here to Brims on Hoy. Continuing along the shore we encounter a fast flowing river just west of Kirk O’Tang, which, as the tide was in required us to take boots of and wade. On our route from here to Ham we had to negotiate more small geos. We walked passed the old mill and farm then made our way across a field back to the cliff tops and on passed Kerry Geo to above the slipway at Brough where we spoke to Tina Irving. After photographing the Little Clett rock stack we walked on and were advised by a local to follow the road to the pump house near Sinigeo and make our way from there back to the cliff tops. On reaching the cliff tops south of Meikle Score we followed sheep tracks then a path to the lighthouse at Dunnet Head. From the Lighthouse we made our way down the west side of Dunnet head again following sheep tracks and cliff top paths passed Briga Head, Ashy Geo, Chapel Geo, Loch of Bushta round Dwarwick Head to the pier at Dunnet and the end of a hard days walk.
Summary; Very enjoyable but challenging due to the distance and at parts difficult underfoot conditions.
Highs; Amazing cliffscapes and weather. Meeting Tina Irving another coastal path enthusiast. Please visit Tina’s Blog site at www.walknorthscotland.com
Lows; The unnecessary muddy time consuming detour at Brough .
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