Taking advantage of the continuing good weather and calm conditions we followed Northern Kayaker out west to Birsay and launched opposite the Brough.
|NK sets a course towards the cliffs.|
The cliffs began as low ridges of fissured rock and grew higher and higher as we progressed.
|NK squeezes in to a narrow pasageway.|
Soon we came to the giant's eyes.
Eyebrows of dripping greenery draped the cliffs above us as we plunged onto the first socket.
|Approaching the dripping curtain.|
|Malcolm and Jackie pop out the other side.|
Some caves were linked with small passageways between them.
Some innocent looking caves invited paddlers in, instilled confidence and then turned into violent 'washing machines'. Others looked like narrow straight tunnels which would require reversing out of by hand - NK went in, disappeared and then unexpectedly popped out bow first from an adjacent opening.
|Sun beginning to set.|
The scale of the cliffs and caves on the west coast of Orkney is awesome.
Most of the west facing caves were enormous and well lit by the setting sun.
|Big cliff, little boats.|
|Follow the light...|
|NK finally emerges from another cave.|
|Approaching the Kitchener Memorial.|
This short paddle took about one and a half hours which was spent mostly exploring and appreciating the awesome scale of the place.
As we approached Marwick Bay the red sandstone cliffs glowed in the light of the setting sun.
|Waiting for the green ray.|
We were lifted into the bay by the gentle glassy swell.