Well ok it was a drive out with flask of tea, and a meeting up outdoors and one or two meets in a cafe with cake! But after a year of lockdown that equates to adventuring for me! These photos are from a trip out to Birsay in the West Mainland. It's one of my favourite bits of coastline and has a lovely wee village with a great tea-room. There's quite a bit to see and do if touring about so well worth looking up what's available if anyone plans to visit!
Anyway here are a few photos..... Above is the Brough (pronounced Broch like Loch) of Birsay, a tidal island with a lot of history. Info available here
You can see the causeway in this photo and (checking tide times) you can walk over to the island, and up to the lighthouse at the highest point
Or stay lower down and explore the remains of a Pictish village (managed by Historic Scotland) which is just off the causeway (the stone building in the ticket office/shop for the site.
Or walk along the edge (not too close!) and admire the wildlife, wild flowers etc. as well as the view of course!
From here you get a view of one of the larger of the Orkney islands - Westray. It's a lovely island and well worth a visit.
You can just make out the lighthouse at Noup Head. A large gannet colony there which I just love watching!
So that's The Brough of Birsay and the coast...... next stop the tea shop for cake!