Search More

Yesnaby Cliffs

Stromness Category Nature & Wildlife, Historic Sites
Yesnaby Cliffs image

Few localities combine the wealth of geological interest with the stunning setting of Yesnaby. As the swell crashes in from the Atlantic, the cliffs resonate with the blows and the compression of air in hidden caves bubbles air through ponds high on the cliff top. The modern pulse of erosion has exposed a far older history, for here is laid out the desert of the Devonian.

The cliff feels the full force of Atlantic storms when spray jets high into the air. Waves arrive here unchanged from the deep ocean and during storms the cliff top is washed, shifting blocks landwards and scouring away the soil. All the classic landforms of coastal erosion are revealed on a walk on the cliff tops caves, arches and stacks.

Local area map

Get directions
reverse
  • Event Location
  • B&B
  • Self-Catering
  • Caravan Pitches
  • Multiple Accommodation

You may also like

  • Skara Brae

    Kirkwall

    The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in...

    More information
    • Historic Sites
  • Ness Battery

    Stromness

    On the outskirts of Stromness, just a short walk from the town, stands Ness Battery. This important relic of Orkney’s wartime heritage once defended Scapa Flow...

    More information
    • Historic Sites
  • Maeshowe

    Orkney

    Maeshowe, considered to be one of the finest architectural achievements of prehistoric Europe.

    More information
    • Historic Sites
  • Broch of Gurness

    Orkney

    The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village on the northwest coast of Mainland Orkney in Scotland overlooking Eynhallow Sound, about 15 miles north-west...

    More information
    • Historic Sites