The Beach Guide

Windwick Bay

Windwick Bay - Orkney Islands

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Picturesque rocky cove situated in the dip between the cliffs near Hesta Head. The bay is a great spot for wildlife with regular visits from seals and a variety of migratory sea birds.

Windwick Bay was also the site of a naval tragedy during World War I. On the night of 12 January 1918, the destroyers HMS Opal and HMS Narborough both struck the rocks off Hesta Head with only one survivor.

Type of beach

Rocky

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

Orkney Islands dog friendly beaches »

Nearest town

Kirkwall

OS grid ref.

ND 4577 8699