Monday, 3 October 2016

Orkney Field Club trip to Berriedale, Hoy, 2nd October 2016

Leaving Stromness harbour, headed for the hills of Hoy.

A minibus took the OFC group to Rackwick to begin the hike to Berridale.

Rest halt below Grut Fea to savour the berryfest and a passing Yellow-browed warbler (not shown).

In an actual relict native woodland!  In Autumn! Berriedale.

This is what the tiny Aspen seedlings in our garden want to be when they grow up.

Terrain within the dale.

Autumnal colour... and friend.

When we ran out of trees, there was a waterfall.

In fact, it was a bit of a camerafest.

This place must be awesome in Winter.

Looking back down Berriedale and across to the Glens of Kinnaird.

Climbing up onto the tops above Berriedale.

The island of Graemsay nestled between Hoy Sound and Bring Deeps.

Rackwick Bay from Cuilags.

Graemsay from Cuilags (for Sian!).

Sandy Loch and Ward Hill from Cuilags
The descent from Cuilags to Sandy Loch was 333m in less than a kilometre. There were no photos during the descent, or the subsequent amble down the hill to the pier, mainly due to trembling hands (the former) and wobbly knees (the latter).

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