The Loch of Houll, Whalsay

This month we’re heading to the bonnie isle of Whalsay, a 30 minute ferry crossing from Laxo to Symbister.

The walk is a 1.8km (just over a mile) walk around the Loch of Houll (CPPW03).  Being flat and with an aggregate surface it’s popular for families and all ages.

You can a PDF of the route here and get a GPX file for mobile gps devices or apps here and check the ferry times here.

Walking up the road to the Whalsay Model Yacht Club we’re going to start by heading anti-clockwise around the loch, crossing over the concrete walkaway over the outlet from the loch.

As you go around the loch you’ll see lots of planticrubs. These were used as shelter for growing seedling crops for both people and animals in the past.  You’ll see one that is now used as a sheltered spot to sit on your way around.

In fact there are a number of seats around the loch ‘upcycled’ from old fish cage pipes and other discarded items.

It’s a lovely place for a stroll and you may even get to see model yachts on the water if you’re lucky.  If not, keep an eye out for a range of birds on the loch or the banks around about.

Before too long you’ll be back at the start. It’s not a long walk, but it’s a good one for a bit of mindful walking and fresh air.

If you need something a bit more adventurous there are a few more walks on Whalsay that we’ll cover another time.

As always, please make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear and clothing for the time of year and if you have a dog with you, please keep it under close control for the benefit of others and any livestock that could be about.

Until next time, take care and enjoy #shetlandoutdoors on Twitter and YouTube

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