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Yesnaby Cliffs

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Mainland, Stromness, Scotland
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Spectacular

We spent around an hour walking along the various pathways to see the cliffs and rough sea below... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
Foxymerlin
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United Kingdom
Superb coastal rock architecture.

The cliff walk at Yesnaby was absolutely superb. The Old Red Sandstone cliffs are well eroded... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
John C
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Tillicoultry, United Kingdom
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Mainland, Stromness, Scotland

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Reviewed 18 December 2017

We spent around an hour walking along the various pathways to see the cliffs and rough sea below. It isn't too strenuous, but good walking shoes are recommended. Stay well clear of the edges - it's easy to get quite literally blown away.

1  Thank Foxymerlin
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

The cliff walk at Yesnaby was absolutely superb. The Old Red Sandstone cliffs are well eroded revealing interesting structures such as towering sea stacks and geos. It is well worth exploring the coastline and venturing south to take in the magnificent rock pinnacle in Garthna...More

Thank John C
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

The cliffs of Yesnaby are huge in scale, and encompass remains from the iron age brochs to World War 2 emplacements. There is a spectacular rock stack to see if you walk southwards. There is not a clearly defined path and some of it goes...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

A fantastic walk along the cliffs with the sea pounding in far below. As ever the cliffs can be trecherous so good sense and caution are necessary in places - but with safety taken care of this is a very special place that is exhilirating.

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Determined to go, even though it was late September, raining and windy (so practically coming in sideways at you) we kept going on saying, oh look, just a bit more then - and in the end only stopped when the light faded. Beautiful - and...More

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Amazing place.Get out if the car and walk left or right both equally spectacular. If you go to your right look at what is underfoot. The colours and patterns on the rocks and stones are truly beautiful.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

It was a sunny afternoon, puffins in the air. Rocks and waves to create the music. Many birds settling for the night. The sunny sunset, the sunny dawn - camp and wake up for a new day in Orkeny, yes, it is near by. Hike...More

Thank rv15243
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

The views in this part of Orkney is spectacular. High cliffs and dramatic coastal views all covered with colorful rocks. Quite a place.

Thank travelsedona150
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We hiked the Yesnaby cliffs as part of our Orkney Encounter Tour through Walkabout Scotland. It was a great day. We started out hike with a walk south toward the various sea stacks. The walk was fairly moderate with incredible views. The sea stacks were...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Much more popular than it used to be when we first visited. It's a great place for sea and bird watching and the walk to the stack is spectacular. Pity that they've created the dirt course as this was a prime area for Primula Scotica,...More

Thank Julie P
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tullipe
19 June 2016|
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Response from Karen M | Reviewed this property |
There is no public transport to Yesnaby cliffs. A taxi from Stromness would be an option or alternative is a day hire of local tour guides e.g. See Orkney. Stromness is a lovely quaint town with a variety of shops & the... More
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LibertysTears
9 June 2016|
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Response from Jpgpvg | Reviewed this property |
Yesnaby is 6.1 miles & 11 mins driving north-westwards from Stromness. Follow these directions:- From Stromness, follow the A965 northwards for 0.8 mile After approx. 6 miles, turn left onto A967 Continue straight onto... More
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Saher H
14 May 2016|
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Response from Andrew H | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely free. A great place to cycle to, then walk as far as you like. Turn south for Yesnaby Castle. North will eventually take you to Skara Brae.
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