The tourist season is in full swing now, which means lots of places get quite busy. This is great for local accommodation providers and shops, restaurants etc. But sometimes places become a little too crowded for me and I avoid them in Summer. One such place is Birsay. It's a favourite haunt of camper vans as "wild camping" (camping outside of a camp site) is allowed in Scotland.
Anyway the other week I took a quick visit up to Birsay for a gentle walk along the lovely soft flat footpath by the shore.
Over on the tidal island, Brough of Birsay, are some really interesting archaeological remains, and you can walk up to the lighthouse and get wonderful views. Around the island are lots of seabirds including puffins. I didn't go there this time but I love looking at it.
Along the shore people have been having a go at stone structures, maybe echoing those found at Skara Brae
Further along the shore....
A waymarker for the newly completed St Magnus Way. If you are visiting Orkney do take a look at the website and consider doing part of the walk!
Another look back at the tidal Brough.....
And then of course it was necessary to have lunch at the wonderful Birsay Bay Tea Room Um no photos of cake, it disappeared too quickly. Hahah! But lovely views across to the Brough.
And the tea room has some quirky features, like these lights!
And then, sailing home .....