Balfour Village, Shapinsay

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A Stroll around Shapinsay

A day trip to the island of Shapinsay, where we will enjoy a leisurely walk to see a variety of birds, mammals and flowers.

A new year and a new island to explore!

Our day will begin with the short ferry crossing from Kirkwall. Sailing out of the harbour we will look for seabirds and ducks on the water, and enjoy the views looking back to St Magnus Cathedral. As the ferry approaches Shapinsay, Balfour Castle and the village of Balfour will come into sight.

Once on Shapinsay, we will enjoy a walk ranging in length from 5-6 miles. Our route will take us along quiet island roads, farm tracks and paths. We will include a visit to the RSPB Mill Dam reserve where we can see a variety of waders and wildfowl, in the comfort of a hide.

Shapinsay is an island that we can explore all year round, although the routes will vary depending on the time of year. During the winter months (Oct to April) we will visit Vasa where we can see winter visitors such as Whooper swans, Long-tailed ducks, Goldeneyes and Turnstones. During the spring and summer, we will follow some different paths where we can see a variety of wildflowers, insects and birds. There are Harbour seals around the village of Balfour throughout the year.

From £70 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

Wild Orkney Walks

Hillside Road
KW16 3HR

Key facilities

  • Parking
  • Disabled Parking

Tour information


  • Kirkwall
  • Shapinsay


1 Day


  • Walking


  • Bespoke
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Island Hopping
  • Landscapes
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Walking
  • Wildlife

Tour prices

From £70 Per Adult £35 Per Child

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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Wild Orkney Walks

Tour company information

Wild Orkney Walks

Wild Orkney Walks operates all year round, offering guided walks for small groups from 1 person up to a maximum of 6 people. We can take you by foot to beautiful locations, allowing you to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track. From busy seabird cliffs to colourful wildflower meadows, our walks cover it all. In addition we also offer Bespoke walks, Island trips and a Wildlife Guiding Service. One of the many things we love about walking in Orkney is the surprise of the unknown, you just never know what you might see which adds to the enjoyment of being outdoors.

Opening times

Open Daily 9am - 10pm

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