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The Brough is a small tidal island which is accessed by foot only at low tide and attracts many visitors on a nice day to explore the ruins of a Pictish and Viking village and also the lighthouse. Exposed to the west and north, the conditions need to be favourable for kayaking, but there are good sheltered launches in Birsay Bay and the north side.

Birsay has a landscape of gentle rolling hills and high cliffs lending itself to an interesting steep and rocky shoreline with an abundance of caves, skerries and high sided geos (old norse word for deep narrow coves). This is a superb area for advancing your skills around the many rock gardens and exploring the skerries and caves that lie hidden from the land.

For the more experienced kayakers the west coast day or multi-day trips between Stromness-Skaill-Birsay and Evie is a great way to explore the west coast.