Barswick to Burwick Cliff-Top Walk July 2017
There is much to see and do in Orkney with its rich panoply of UNESCO award World Heritage archaeological sites, arts, crafts and cultural events together with local and international festivals. Some of these activities are passive whilst others are more actively engaging, perhaps none more so than an indulgent immersion into the wonders of Mother Nature.
A clifftop walk embraces all five senses and provides a captivating and truly memorable event. It is an experience.
Please enjoy these sights of mother nature’s scenic and natural beauty.
Patrick Yamaga-White, Eastward Guest House.
Prime content of photographs and accompanying notes were provided by Barrie Mills (the copyright holder) in July 2017 during his fourth visit to Eastward Guest House in South Ronaldsay.
As we turn the corner from Eastward House into Barswick Road we are greeted by this oyster catcher watching us from the meadow.
We are also monitored by the curious cows at Barswick farm.
This fledgling swallow seems unperturbed.
The local inhabitants are friendly and come to greet us as we wander between pastures towards the cliff.
We pass preoccupied sheep and wispy cotton grass.
Red clover and one more of the oyster catcher guards.
On the cliff tops we are greeted by this great black-backed gull.
Passing this Bell Heather and the first Meadow Pipit of the day.
Angelica emerging and also in flower.
Eyebright and Bird’s foot trefoil (Cocks and Hens)
A Rock Dove and then a Great Skua or Bonxie
A Gannet and a Common Blue butterfly.
Pristine waters at Backaquoy, Creara Head and Barth Head in the background.
Green Head and Pink Campion.
Looking down to Castle Skerry & The Wing Scented mayweed.
Black Guillemots and a Grey Seal.
Shag with young.
Lighthouse on Muckle Skerry in the Pentland Skerries and the pastureland road back to Eastward House.
Eider Ducks and the cultural heritage restoration project of Orkney's oldest place of worship.
Mallard ducks and a Starling.
Lapwing and Eastward House.
About Barrie Mills
Barrie is recognised for his travel and nature presentations to various interest groups for the goodly charitable causes of Cancer Research and Parkinson’s disease research. Amongst Barry’s diverse interests are Birding (he is a T ringer’) nature, model railway building and enjoying his role of a senior person with his three generations family. Barry can be contacted via Eastward Guest House who will relay an introductory message on your behalf.
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Safety Advisory - Be prepared:
Cliff-top and coastal pathways management achieves a balance between health and safety considerations and preserving nature. The following tips will help you to stay safe and enjoy the full beauty of Mother Nature in Orkney.
This advice is provided by Stan Groundwater from Pure Orkney who provide a range of clifftop, coastal pathway, nature and birding walks. For more information please visit: - Pure Orkney https://goo.gl/R9SdUf
About Eastward House
Nestled in the rural heartland of South Ronaldsay (the southernmost of the archipelago of Orkney Islands) Eastward House has established a credible and long-standing reputation for exquisite cuisine, advanced hospitality and friendly relationships. They are the motive force behind ‘The Missing Bell’ private dining.
For walkers and adventure tourism people that might encounter an unpredictable shower we have specialist equipment for harmlessly drying shoes and gloves in addition to a dehumidifying facility for outer garments.
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