Westray from the Knowe o’ Skea

I love the walk from Mae Sands to the Knowe o’ Skea. It’s a magical place, where currents meet making the sea boil and where an Iron Age burial ground gives views out towards the island of Rousay. There were over 100 burials here and over 60 of them were newborn babies.

It’s fabulous in good weather:

The Knowe o’ Skea

And very atmospheric in poorer weather:

The Knowe o’ Skea

Tonight our view is taken not by Rousay in the distance but by the sunset over Westray with a last glimpse of fire against the cool blues of the Westray flagstones.

Knowe o' Skea - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Magical.

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