Friday, 21 June 2013

Broch of Burra Ness, Yell

I was out today up on Yell heading out along a path past the Haa of Sandwick and out to The Broch of Burra Ness. I'd seen the broch from the Fetlar ferry before but not been out there. It wasn't much of a day to be out and about and certainly nothing resembling mid summer!

Here's the beach at Sand Wick with the Haa on the right...


The Sand Wick Haa...


The path takes you across a short section of cliffs that was rich in bird life with fulmars coasting along the cliffs...


And nesting in grassy hollows...


There were eiders and chicks out on the sea...


Turnstones on the shores...


And the ever present and annoying piping oystercatchers whizzing about along with terns, black backed gulls, great skuas and even a pair of arctic skuas.


Wheat ears made there chittering sound and event the sky larks were up there somewhere.


Other than the arctic skuas the best sight was the mix of shag and a cormorants on some of the stacks off the cliff...



This cormorant was all on his own on this impressive needle...


 And he was very bonny...
 

 


After the cliffs there is another lovely stretch of sand that was home to a number of arctic terns before the Broch of Burra Ness that you can see at the end of the promontory on the left...


The broch was pretty impressive with earth works in the area clear as well as the inner and outer wall...



It's a lovely area a round the broch with great views and across the way on Fetlar are the remains of Sna Broch with Brough Lodge also visible. There's a couple of stiles needed but other than that it's a lovely walk along the coast.

Looking out the window the grey overcast clouds of the day seem to be lifting so I might get out for some simmer dim sunset photos later... 

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