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Royboy75 wrote a review 20 Jan
Redditch, United Kingdom350 contributions46 helpful votes
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If I hadn't researched places to visit on our NC500 tour (and seen a programme on this the week before) we'd have completely missed the steps. Parking is a bit tricky as there are residential homes where the very small car park is and signage to the steps from the road is pretty poor. Having said that finding the steps was well worth it. The 365 steps are a bit tricky in places but the walk down rewarded us with two seals and a pup at the bottom and of course what a wonderful view. We spent over an hour at the bottom of the steps and the weather played ball. Definitely worth seeking out.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Laura wrote a review Nov 2020
Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom169 contributions73 helpful votes
Absolutely stunning. We didn’t find the stairs dangerous at all and just could our time. We were lucky enough to see seals also. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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amandamarion11 wrote a review Nov 2020
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom72 contributions43 helpful votes
This is a wonderful staircase and old harbour - very steep and on a cliff therefore care must be taken. I wouldn't recommend if you are faint hearted, the stairs are very steep and quite openly exposed in some areas. It is a remarkable site to visit and get a feel for the old Scottish fishing heritage. I was so lucky to bump into Davie who manages the site and the stairs. He is a wealth of knowledge, extremely friendly and does a fantastic job.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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machinmad wrote a review Oct 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom1,650 contributions751 helpful votes
There is no road signage to direct you to the car park or even indicate that you are in the tiny hamlet of Whalligoe. The steps down to the seabed are steep, but are well maintain, so all you need is plenty of energy for the climb-up. Seabirds screech above you as you marvel at the power of the sea, this close-up. On the day we went, a pod of orca whales was spotted moving south, but we just missed em.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Richard H wrote a review Oct 2020
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The steps were an interesting visit. I would give them a look as they are an insight into a forgotten way of life. We were lucky with the weather and I would dedicate at least 30 minutes to the visit if you’re in good shape (I did the downward leg carrying my 2 year old son and the upward journey carrying both him and my 5 year old daughter so I was breathing a bit hard by the top). Some reviewers have commented negatively on the condition of the steps. These are in the process of being repaired. To be honest I’m not sure how I feel about that. Of course it’s good that they are safe but by the same token it detracts from the very thing you are there to see. Nevertheless it’s still a remarkable structure. I felt perfectly safe there. There are unguarded edges leading to sudden drops but it’s a cliff edge. That’s kind of the definition...I felt my 5 year old was safe, I wouldn’t have let my 2 year old wander around if that helps you form an impression of it. Some have also commented on the car park (which is tiny) but you can park across the road at the Cairn of Gets. Some have also commented on the Confederate Flag flying in the garden at the top. It’s certainly still flying. I don’t know what if any connection it has to the steps. I know it causes anguish to some but other than acknowledging it was there and it was a bit odd and incongruous I didn’t pay it any further mind. Top tip. Once you get to the green at the bottom look out for 8 or 9 further steps towards the back of the bay. You won’t find anything more remarkable down there but it’s a shame to do over 300 steps and finish 8 short of doing them all. If you are up for it and willing to venture out onto the rocks by the cliff edge to the seaward side of the green you may be treated to a rainbow from the spray coming from the cliffs to the north. Fine to do in good weather but probably not for the faint hearted when the rocks are wet.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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