Situated on the south coast of Mainland Orkney, Waulkmill Bay is one of the biggest beaches on the island. That isn’t to say the widest - but definitely the deepest.
At high tide there isn’t anything spectacular about Waulkmill Bay, but as the tide drains away, into Scapa Flow, a vast expanse of sand is revealed. With calm, clear waters to the south, in every other direction there are grassy cliffs.
Waulkmill Bay is something of a hotspot for birdlife with a salt marsh and a burn running from the Loch of Kirbister providing some valuable habitats. Home to the RSPB Hobbister reserve you may be lucky enough to spot red-breasted mergansers, Slavonian grebes and black guillemots.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
OS grid ref.
HY 3794 0642
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